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OSU FANS HAVE A GOOD FEELING AT BUCKEYE BLOOD DRIVE

November 20, 2019

SIDNEY, Ohio - Ohio State fans are feeling good about their undefeated Buckeyes.   They also got a good feeling from helping others when they gathered at the Sidney American Legion Post on Nov. 19 for the annual OSU Alumni Club of Shelby County and Farm Bureau Women's Committee "Buckeye Blood Drive."

It was the third year the two groups have co-sponsored the blood drive in late November with OSU's biggest games of the football season on the schedule. The excitement carried over to the blood drive with support totaling 132 donors, including 101 whole blood donors and 15 platelet and plasma donors.

For many fans, the tailgate is just as important as the game, and in the Donor CafĂ© the talk was more about food than football.  Volunteers served hot chicken sandwiches from the OSU Alumni Club, homemade cookies from the women's committee, and of course chocolate-covered Buckeye treats.

The Alumni Club provided hand-crafted Buckeye gifts for door prizes and held donor drawings for 30 buckeye necklaces made and donated by "OSU Buckeyeman" Larry Lokai.  Kelly Kramer from Fort Loramie said her husband encouraged her to come to the blood drive.  She won a buckeye necklace and wore it as she made her first lifetime donation.

"I'm going to Columbus Saturday to tailgate and watch the game," said Covington donor Heidi Knight, who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation. "My husband and his friends, it's what they do, and they drag me along!"

Supporting the community and helping send students to Ohio State is what they do at the Shelby County OSU Alumni Club. "Our first mission has always been our scholarships," said blood drive coordinator Roger Bender. The club now awards 10 scholarships per year, after adding two for the 150th anniversary celebration of OSU, and two more in celebration of the Shelby County Bicentennial.

"The blood drive is for public service and our club values it," said Roger. "We enjoy doing it, and we'll continue doing it."  He said it represents a common goal of recruiting more young OSU graduates to the Alumni Club, and a new generation to become lifetime blood donors.

"Giving back" was on the mind of Sidney donor Floyd Yinger when he made his 118th lifetime donation. Floyd and his wife have been married 60 years, and he had just taken her from the hospital the morning of the blood drive.

"My wife was in the hospital and got two units of blood," said Floyd. "I figured I'd come and pay some back!"

New Bremen donor Nancy Schwartz is an Ohio State fan who made time to donate before going back to work in the obstetrics department at Wilson Health. She made her eighth donation, the equivalent of a gallon.

"It's a big thing in our family," said Nancy. "It's such a good feeling to donate blood."