EATON — The Eaton First Church of God started the New 12 months with a brand new manner of widening the lifesaving “ripple effect” of its “Vincent Strong” blood drives in reminiscence of Vincent Jones. The Jan. 9 blood drive was the primary to gather COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma and included the primary CCP donation by blood drive organizer and COVID survivor Mindy Sue Jones-Vannatter.
“I believe in the ripple effect of paying it forward,” Mindy instructed WDTN-TV. “A lot of people blessed my family, blood donors and others. I want to do everything I can to pay that forward. And when you help someone, they eventually will help someone else.”
The First Church of God blood drive totaled 61 donors for 126 p.c of the gathering purpose. Mindy was one in every of 4 convalescent plasma donors and Vincent’s brother Craig Jones, an Eaton police officer, was one in every of three platelet donors.
Mindy has made “the ripple effect” her credo since organizing the primary memorial blood drive quickly after shedding her husband Vincent to leukemia in 2016. She considers it a sworn statement to the blood donations that helped Vincent stay lengthy sufficient to see the beginning of their son Jeremiah.
“Today I gave blood,” Mindy posted on her Fb web page. “As we speak was such a humbling day. I received to honor the reminiscence of my late husband Vincent and his battle towards leukemia. I received to show my two younger sons the significance of serving to others!
“I can tell you from several personal family experiences blood donation truly saves lives!”
Mindy misplaced her father to COVID-19 in November. He acquired transfusions, together with convalescent plasma throughout his remedy. A month later, Mindy examined constructive. As soon as recovered, she was decided to donate convalescent plasma understanding it comprises COVID-19 antibodies.
“So today I helped others by giving my plasma to try to give those battling this virus with severe symptoms a better fighting chance,” she stated. “If I can help another family not have to experience the loss that my family did in November, then it’s one of the greatest things I can do to make this world a better place!”
The fifth annual Vincent Jones Memorial on June 27, 2020 was her first expertise organizing a blood drive throughout the pandemic. Regardless of coronavirus restrictions, it totaled 81 donors and for the primary time included platelet and double purple cell donations.
The summer season Vincent Sturdy blood drives have helped Group Blood Middle preserve the blood provide throughout the difficult July four vacation interval. The January blood drives now observe the Christmas and New 12 months’s holidays and are a part of Blood Donor Consciousness Month.
“We had an amazing turnout for our January blood drive,” she stated, which doubled its regular variety of donors. “I used to be undoubtedly proud of the prove and success of the drive in a time after we want blood donation a lot!
Mindy plans to continued donating convalescent plasma so long as she stays eligible.
“My personal goal is, as always, to continue that ripple effect of helping others,” she stated. “When you help someone, he or she helps someone else and the ripple of kindness continues on indefinitely. In the midst of all that is going on in the world right now I would say a little bit of kindness and putting others first is just what we need!”
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