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Elizabeth Mitchell, 19, started giving blood as soon as she was eligible because she says it was a very easy way to help other people.  She remembers coming to blood drives as a little girl with her parents, saying, “When I was old enough to understand what they were really doing, I wanted to do the same.  For me, it’s just another thing to do every 56 days, like getting my oil changed.  Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to help other people. It doesn't cost anything but an hour of your time, and you get free cookies, what could be better than that.” 

Every time Elizabeth donates blood she takes someone else with her. Sometimes it’s her parents, but many times she’ll bring a friend who is a first time donor.  “I have never donated by myself.  I have gotten quite a few people to donate blood  with me, but more importantly, I have gotten them to go back and donate again,” said Elizabeth.

Donating blood is something in Elizabeth’s genes.  Her parents, Joseph and Sally Mitchell, donated blood on their second date. They enjoyed ice cream together after the donation and have been giving blood ever since.

In the few years since she became eligible, Elizabeth has already donated blood more than 17 times.  Her younger brother, Stephen, is also a loyal blood donor.  He hopes to out-donate his big sister some day.  Elizabeth says that will never happen, but she’s up for some healthy competition.

—Elizabeth Mitchell, Manlius, NY
 

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May 11, 2017
The American Red Cross is pleased to be the recipient of the 2017 Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council Gift of Caring program.  The initiative allows Girl Scout cookie customers who do not wish to eat the cookies themselves or who want to order extra boxes of cookies to support the girls, a...
May 1, 2017
The American Red Cross and Mercy Flight Central are urging all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeves and give blood.  The organizations are holding a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, May 2 from 2-7 p.m., at Mercy Flight Central, 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua. Mercy Flight Central...
 

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