Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blood, Guts and Maybe a Few Tears!

FAA Grudge Match Drive Goes Down to the Wire

You don’t have to look any further than the June 27 Blood and Guts Grudge Match Challenge Blood Drive to see how seriously some local high school FFA students enjoy a challenge. You’ve heard “Missed it by that much”? How about Mississinawa Valley over Ansonia by just one “vote.”

A total of 74 donors registered for the drive held Monday afternoon at MVHS Jackson Gym. Each donor registration on behalf of a team represented a vote. The Community Blood Center staff collected 62 units of blood, which is a whopping 107 percent of goal.

The Mississinawa Valley High School FAA walked away with the trophy, reluctantly handed over by Ansonia FAA advisor Brad Lentz to MVHS FFA member Jonell Winger. Appropriately, Jonell was the final donor to register and put Mississinawa Valley over the top.

CBC representative Dana Puterbaugh called it a great drive with lots of students, parents, and friends coming out to support the challenge. Perhaps most important, the drive grew. It topped last year’s total of 69 registered with 61 units collected. Donors were treated to lots of refreshment, including everyone’s favorite, pizza! Dana called it a great way to get the students out to donate during the summer months.

The only question remaining, can Ansonia hold a grudge? Apparently yes! They’ve already set the date for next year’s Blood and Guts Grudge Match Challenge Drive: June 25, 2012.

Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at or at CBC branch and blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at  

Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit

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