"The blood drives are a way for me to serve beyond my job description, and they fit my passion for helping people in times of need."
The blood drives are a way for me to serve beyond my job description,
and they fit my passion for helping people in times of need.
You could say giving blood is in Jim McBride’s blood. He has worked for the Hannaford supermarket chain for 30 years, and in that time he's led nearly 120 blood drives at the company. Jim cites his parents as a major influence in his life, imparting good values and a ‘treat people how you want to be treated’ ethos. His father was a long-time blood donor and taught him just how many lives can be saved by giving blood.
After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Jim joined the United States Coast Guard. He came ashore from his last tour four years later in Maine, and soon met his wife and joined Hannaford. He now leads Hannaford’s "Guiding Stars" program, which helps educate and inform shoppers about nutritious food choices in the store.
“Hannaford has a long tradition of serving the communities where we do business, and encourages employees at all levels to do the same,” said Jim. “The blood drives are a way for me to serve beyond my job description, and they fit my passion for helping people in times of need.”
In addition to coordinating the employee blood drives, Jim also takes part in the company's United Way program, including the Day of Caring where employees volunteer throughout the community. Jim says the programs offer employees a chance to help in ways they may not have previously considered.
Jim is also active in his hometown, serving as treasurer for a large lake association that deals with boater safety, invasive species management, and protecting loon habitats. He also founded a monthly concert series called 'Music with a Mission' that has raised $25,000 for community nonprofits over the past 3 years.
Jim loves being on the water, working around the house, and spending time with his two teenage children. His wife Kimberly, a middle school teacher, is joining Jim on the cruise!