McCracken County, Ky. Blood Drive Sponsors Recognized

September 20, 2011

Red Cross Sponsors Reach Milestones in Blood Program

CSI and Lone Oak First Baptist Church Recognized



(Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2011)


The American Red Cross is recognizing two McCracken County blood drive sponsors for achieving important milestones in the blood program.  Those sponsors include Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) and Lone Oak Baptist Church.


Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) started its partnership with the Red Cross blood program in 2006, helping the Red Cross collect more than 500 units of blood.


CSI hosts up to five blood drives every year, including a drive on the Monday after Thanksgiving.  This drive is a CSI tradition and a tremendous help since the Monday after Thanksgiving is a tough day for blood collections. 


The company rewards employees who give blood through an annual recognition luncheon.


“CSI employees are committed to giving back to local agencies like the American Red Cross that have meaningful impact on our community,” says Steve Powless, CSI’s president. “The American Red Cross touches lives on a local, national, and international scale, so we see our onsite drives as an opportunity to contribute lifesaving resources to those most in need. Both our community and our employees benefit from our relationship with the American Red Cross, and CSI plans to continue supporting this wonderful agency.”


Lone Oak Baptist Church started a new chapter in its blood program in 2006.  Blood Drive Coordinator Allene Brack, her blood drive recruiters and Pastor Dan Summerlin are credited with creating a strong program focused on recruiting new blood donors.


In the past five years, the congregation’s donated more than 500 units of blood with the Red Cross. 


“Everything that you attempt to do, you have to have a good team behind you.  I believe our success comes from having great team workers and also people who love to give blood and help others.  I think the best way you can help anyone is to give,” says Allene Brack, Lone Oak First Baptist Church Blood Drive Coordinator.


Congratulations to CSI and Lone Oak First Baptist Church for their contributions to the Red Cross blood program.



Photo 1:  (pictured left to right):  Steve Powless, CSI President & CEO accepts a certificate from Anthony Tinin, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative.


Photo 2 (pictured left to right):   Allene Brack, Lone Oak Baptist Church Blood Drive Coordinator, accepts a certificate from Anthony Tinin, American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative.













How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. 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 18 and younger. 


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