West Branch Community Blood Drive Honors Longtime Chairperson Elsie Jacobs

January 12, 2011


When the American Red Cross community blood drive in West Branch moved from the Lutheran church to Calvary Baptist, Elsie Jacobs was asked to be the chairperson of the drive.  Seven years and more than a thousand units of blood later, Elsie is ready to pass the torch, as the blood drive venue changes to West Branch Church of God.


Jacobs has helped coordinate a blood drive every 56 days for seven years, missing only one blood drive during that time.  She has coordinated volunteers for each drive, ensured canteen items were at the drive for donors and made sure each drive ran as smooth as possible.  According to Jacobs, it was hard work, but it was definitely worth it. 


“I was new in the community and it got me acquainted with people in the surrounding areas,” Jacobs said.  “We had a really good relationship, between the donors and myself, and that part of it I’ll miss.” 


Jacobs wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped with the drive over the years.  Because of their collaboration, the blood drives have Calvary Baptist have collected 1,105 units of blood in five years.  Those units have the power to positively impact up to 3,315 lives. 


Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross in West Branch, is grateful to Elsie for the role she has played in helping thousands of people.  


“Elsie always made sure this blood drive was successful in every way.  I would like to thank her for all her hard work,” Remer said.   “I also want to thank Calvary Baptist for hosting the drive the past five years and West Branch Church of God for taking over the community blood drives in 2011.”


The next West Branch community blood drive will be from noon to 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20 at the West Branch Church of God, 601 Progress Dr. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org to make an appointment.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state.  In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.