George Tucker Blood Drive

Toledo Labor activists and union members “Answered The Call” to donate blood in an outpouring of love and affection to honor the memory of the life of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Leader George Tucker.

Blood donors packed the Red Cross Blood Drive named in Tucker’s honor held at AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s Toledo Regional office on July 26th.

Local 544 member Bethany Malory “A great tribute to our AFSCME Brother that’s why I came out today.”

According to Mark Buford, Labor Liaison for the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Region, the average first-time blood drive nets about 28 donors.  “But to honor George Tucker, 65 donors from across the region’s labor community rolled up their sleeves and answered the call,” he said.

The event was so successful it will now become the Annual George Tucker Memorial Blood drive.

“This is such a fitting memorial for an individual who gave so much to improve the lives of all workers. AFSCME members remember George’s good humor, unmatched skill and dedication, and his tireless work on behalf of public employees and of all Northwestern Ohio’s workers,” said Toledo Regional Director Steve Kowalik.

“There is a critical shortage of blood right now,” Bueford said.  “It’s summer and people are thinking of outdoor activities and vacation, and giving blood is just not on their radar. And then there is the fear of the pandemic,” he said.

Rest assured the Red Cross is following all CDC and Ohio Department of Health safety precautions.

Ohio and across the nation all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who “Answer the Call”  to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

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