Mason blood donor reaches 20-gallon milestone

Jerry Spink poses with his 20 gallon pin in his Mason residence.

Jerry Spink poses with his 20 gallon pin in his Mason residence.

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON— Twenty gallons. One-hundred-sixty pints. Four-hundred-eighty potential lives touched. Sixty-five years. One man.

Jerry Spink, 85, has been a Mason resident and blood donor since 1966. Coming out of the service after being drafted into World War II, Spink has given blood multiple times each year to Red Cross blood donation centers. On February 21, Spink reached a hefty milestone for any blood donor: 20 gallons of blood.

Spink donated his first pint of blood when he was discharged from the U.S. Army following his 20-month service in World War II. While reluctant to admit it, Spink was paid $25 for his donation and said he never knew it would change his life.

“I thought it was a little embarrassing for me that I was being paid to give blood,” Spink said.
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Mason Kiwanis hosts blood drive

Bill Huntington checks in for his appointment with Kiwanis Golden K member Anne McConnelee. Bill was one of 46 Masonites that gave blood Thursday.

Bill Huntington checks in for his appointment with Kiwanis Golden K member Anne McConnelee. Bill was one of 48 Masonites that gave blood Thursday.

By Cody Harrell
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—The Mason Kiwanis and Golden K clubs hosted a Red Cross blood drive Feb. 21 and brought in a large crowd of Mason residents.

The Kiwanis and Kiwanis Golden K held the blood drive at St. James Catholic Church at 1010 S. Lansing Street. The event, held every 56 days, aims to bring together citizens from Mason in order to raise blood for the Red Cross. The Red Cross requires donors to wait 56 days between blood donations to let the body recover from each donation. The Kiwanis Club keeps this in mind when beginning planning for the next blood drive.

Kiwanis Golden K member Phyllis Montague coordinated the event with the Red Cross to promote advertising for the blood drives in Mason. According to Montague, the Red Cross and Kiwanis have teamed up to host blood drives for over 30 years in Mason and usually bring in 50-70 donors every drive. Thursday’s drive brought in 48 donors who gave 43 “good units” of blood, each unit equivalent to a pint.

“Most people give blood because they know there’s a need,” Montague said. “Anyone who can likes to give blood in this city.”
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Mason High School students put on brave faces to help save lives

By BriAnn Harvey
Mason Times staff writer

MASON — Eighty Mason High School students put aside their fear of needles, blood and missed class to help save a life on Feb. 28.

The American Red Cross along with six MHS student senate members set up at 6 a.m. and tore down at 2:45 p.m. The Student Senate hosted this blood drive, and it was the second of three that it hosts every year. Twelve S.S members worked the drive throughout the day.

Kathy Omillian, MHS Student Senate Advisor, said these blood drives are only open to the student body and staff because of school security issues.

Out of the 80 students who signed up to donate, only 60 met all the regulations the American Red Cross puts up.

Not only did Mason High School students help save a life, they also raised scholarship money in the process. For every pint of blood the Red Cross collects, the Red Cross will give money to the student senate. The senate gives 150 pints to the Red Cross every year.

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