Several neighbors went out of their way yesterday to give blood at the annual Boy Scouts of America Troop #70 blood drive at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church at 1606 Fifth Ave. W.
About 30 people made donations during the course of the all-day event, hosted by the Scouts and administered by the Puget Sound Blood Center. Each donor gave a pint of blood, and each pint, on average, goes to help three people. Eagle Scout Tennessee Abbott organized the first blood drive three years ago for his Eagle Scout project and since then Scouts and troop volunteers have continued the tradition. In three years, troop volunteer Jim Grane said about 300 pints of blood have been donated. The troop holds three drives a year. This drive saw about 30 donors. One pint can help as many as three people.
“It’s a lot of work,” Grane said, “but it’s a lot of fun. The demand is just incredible.”
Several of the donors were United Methodist parishioners, others were linked to the Scouts, and still others saw the A-frame signs set up all over the neighborhood advertising the drive. Veteran donor Dianne Ross got an email from the Puget Sound Blood Center and came in Friday afternoon.
“We like to support the Boy Scouts and the Puget Sound Blood Center,” she said in the midst of her donation. “It’s very easy.”