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.
Fergies will host blood drive June 16
The idea came from a customer.
"A lady came into the store and wondered if we were interested in holding a blood drive," said Jim Hassler. "I said 'heck, yeah, it's needed'."
That led the owners of Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket to reach out to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank and schedule the store's first blood drive.
Summer's ideal for Italian ice but it's not as good a season for blood supplies at area hospitals. That's the reason Howie Zeamer agreed to donate a pint of Italian ice to everyone who gives a pint of blood at Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank's drive in Quarryville later this month.
"They agreed to send a mobile unit to do it here [at Son's Ice Cream at the intersection of W. State St. and Fifth St. in Quarryville] and all of the donated blood stays in Pennsylvania," Zeamer said last week.
The drive comes during a time when blood is in short supply, said Ryan Holp, donor resource consultant with the blood bank.