He had been a blood donor for years.
As a teenager and young adult, Levi Fisher got together with some of his friends to rent a van or hire a car to take them to Lancaster General Hospital or Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital to donate.
"A lot of Amish are interested in doing it," he said.
When he and his friends married and began having children, it became more difficult to schedule trips to the hospitals in Lancaster.
Nine years ago, they came up with another solution - have a blood drive held in the Southern End.
Fisher, a resident of Kirkwood, contacted the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank about holding a drive in the Colerain Township village.
"We asked if they could send someone and they said they would," Fisher said.
"It started out with eight or 10 people. The most we've ever had is 54 donors."
The rural drives are major contributors, Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank spokesman Jay Wimer said.
We see an extraordinary response at Kirkwood. Since 2016, the Kirkwood drive has contributed more than 767 pints of blood, Wimer said.
"Each blood donation helps to enhance or save the life of three patients. Therefore, the blood drives at Kirkwood have helped to save or enhance the lives of over 2,301 South Central Pennsylvania patients," Wimer said in an email. "Each pint of blood is separated into three components - plasma, platelets, and red cells. Red cells are given to surgery and trauma patients and those with blood disorders. Plasma, the liquid portion of our blood, is needed for trauma patients, organ transplant recipients, newborns, and patients with clotting disorders. Platelets are used to prevent bleeding associated with cancer treatment and surgery."
The blood bank serves as a primary provider to nearly 30 hospitals in the region. It also works with other hospitals, including Lancaster General, on an as-needed basis, Wimer said.
Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) is a not for profit community blood bank created in 1960 by a group of physicians and community leaders who recognized the need for an organization to manage the area’s blood supply.
The Kirkwood drive is held six times a year. "We do it on the first Monday of every other month, so there are drives in January, March, May, July, September, and November," Fisher said. That allows regular donors to come to every drive.
Because the first Monday in September is Labor Day, the next drive will be held at Kirkwood Mennonite Church, 422 Maple Shade Rd., Kirkwood, on Tuesday, September 3. There is a hitching rail across the street at Fisher's home, 423 Maple Shade Rd.
The drive will begin at 5 p.m. and run to 8 p.m. Donors must bring a form of ID.
Each donor gets a ticket for a free quart of ice cream from Pleasant Valley Country Store.
The blood bank will also host a drive at Good's Store, W. 4th St., Quarryville, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 9.