The Improvement Association partners with SVRMC in Blood Drive

According to American Red Cross, Virginia is one of many states in urgent need of blood donations. On January 16, 2017, The Improvement Association, in partnership with Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, hosted a Blood Drive that brought in 42 donors! Although a few potential donors were deferred for various reasons, each successful donation helps up to three people with blood transfusions, etc. That’s approximately 86 people helped from this blood drive alone.

Board chairman, Charlie Caple, stated “The Improvement Association is happy to sponsor the blood drive and give back to our communities to promote better health and save lives.”


Each potential donor received a Dunkin Donuts gift card just for showing up and trying to help our community. Drawings were also held for Target gift cards, Walmart gift cards, and movie tickets. Mario Gillus won the major drawing – a $50 VISA gift card.   

Gamma Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. sponsored a children’s room during the blood drive. While parents donated blood, children had the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, color, enjoy face painting, and have a healthy snack.

“The Improvement Association would like to thank SVRMC administration and staff, American Red Cross, and Gamma Lambda Omega for the partnership. We encourage the community to support our local blood drives.  Don’t wait until one of our loved ones is in need – help now!” stated Shikee Franklin, Head Start Director.

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Photo Captions

Top: Aja, Shikee, Mario Gillus, and Karlesha. Gillus won the $50 gift card

Middle Left: Brenda Herrington of Gamma Lambda Omega reading about nutrition and healthy eating to RaeLynn Steffan and Starr Gholson

Middle Right: Anita Shelburne drawing for a gift card

Bottom: LaWanda Fisher successfully finished her donation

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