Columbia Relatives Make Blood Donations a Family Affair

September 21, 2011

Mothers-in-Law Each Make 100th Blood Donation


            Nearly five years ago, Columbia area resident Eric Morefield lost four pints of blood due to a bleeding ulcer and needed a blood transfusion.  He says that is part of the reason why today he donates blood regularly.  But, it’s only part of the reason.

“How can you live in this household and not?” he asks.

Eric Morefield is literally surrounded by blood donors, including a mother and mother-in-law who each recently donated their 100th pint of blood.  Eric’s mother, Barbara Morefield, was one of two women to donate their 100th pint on Monday, Sept. 5, at the American Red Cross Donation Center in Columbia.  Her reason for giving blood so often?

“I just think it’s the right thing to do.”

            Barbara Morefield wasn’t the only person giving a monumental blood donation on Labor Day in Columbia.  In fact, she wasn’t even the only one named Barbara.  She was joined by Barbara Marshall, whose daughter, Sarah, married Eric six years ago.  For the Morefield and Marshall families, donations are just in their blood.

            “My mother was the one who encouraged me to go out and give blood” starting in high school, says Sarah Morefield, who has worked as a Red Cross phlebotomist for nearly 12 years.  Sarah’s mother, Barbara Marshall, has helped the Red Cross coordinate blood drives in the Columbia area for several years.  She does not just share a first name with her co-mother-in-law, but also a blood type, and a belief in doing the right thing.

            “It doesn’t cost anything and it helps save lives,” says Barbara Marshall. 

            Helping save lives is something the two families have done a lot of, thanks to their many donations.  Because each donation can help save up to three lives, the two Barbaras may have each impacted 300 people.

            Other members of both families also donate regularly, following the lead of the two matriarchs.  The Red Cross sincerely thanks each one for their continued efforts to keep blood supplies stable to help patients and families in need.  If you and your family would like to become blood donors, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information.   




How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at