by Lisa Tome
Vince Yale was planning to attend Saturday's Christmas parade in North East with his grandson Cooper.
But before the merriment began, Yale had a job to do. He was donating Power Reds at the first ever Susquehanna American Legion Post 135 blood drive.
"I do power reds. You're eligible to give every 112 days," said Yale.
"It's to save lives. People need plasma or platelets."
Phlebotomist Shakia Gibbs explained what Yale was enduring.
She said she was taking a double dose of red blood cells from Yale and putting plasma back into his arm.
Mark Fayer is the Commander for the Sons of American Legion Post 135. He was both volunteering at the blood drive and donating blood. "This is the first time I can remember us doing it (a blood drive)," said Fayer.
Terri Grove organized the event for the Legion. She is the secretary for the Legion auxiliary.
She said she decided the post should host a blood drive when she was giving blood in Havre de Grace.
"It's our first and we're hoping to do it two times a year. It seems good. We've made 50 percent of the goal with donors. If we get 30 (donors), we're doing very well," said Grove.
Colleen Chamberlain, 78, was happily donating blood. "I donate every three to four months and have for at least 15-20 years. I'm lucky enough to have good blood that I can share with someone else. I think it's something people should do as often as we can," said Chamberlain.
James Miller gives blood as often as he can, about every two months.
"Why not? There's more and more people not eligible to give," said Miller, who started donating blood more than 30 years ago. "I'm going to give blood and then go fix a water leak for my daughter."
Al Fuller was planning to give blood for the first time in a while. "I'm a Legion member. I thought I should pitch in and go for it," Fuller said.