Winter weather has caused hundreds of lost donations over the weekend. Please give as soon as able. All types are needed, especially universal donors. For those eligible to donate, please find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or by calling (800) 747-5401.
Ryan Iossi knows all about saving lives. He does it for a living, as a 12-year veteran of the Davenport Fire Department. This week, he received an email from us about the need for blood donations -- and a snow blower giveaway. In addition to being a full-time firefighter, Ryan also owns a snow removal company, R.C. Iossi, and for the past three years has plowed the Blood Center’s parking lot. “I drive by here several times a day. I had always thought that with my tattoos I couldn’t donate.”
Ryan’s grandfather, Edwin Iossi, passed away December 27. His grandpa spent his life giving back to the community, and Ryan thought of the perfect way to honor him. Ryan came in yesterday and gave blood for the first time since high school. He also asked if he could donate the snow blower the Blood Center is giving away, inspired by his grandpa’s lifelong generosity. Even that wasn’t enough for Ryan. He sent his crew of 18 guys over to donate blood, too.
Thank you, Ryan, for carrying on the giving legacy.