Thirty-five years ago, Jim Silver was struck by Cupid’s arrow while donating blood for the American Red Cross at a YMCA in Kansas. It was pure happenstance that brought he and his wife Marsha together after they both decided to participate in the blood drive. Marsha had signed up to be a volunteer the night before, while Jim had made a split-second decision to donate blood after spotting a sign promoting the event. It may have been the best decision he ever made.
Love at first sight
According to Jim, while he was waiting to begin his blood donation, he kept glancing at Marsha and quickly became enamored. Marsha said she noticed him as well, “I was hoping I would get him at my station, and the funny things is, it worked out just that way.”
Jim remembers the donation process moving quickly, “It was the fastest pint of blood I ever donated, but I did have time to catch her name.”
That evening Marsha couldn’t stop gushing about her encounter with Jim, her mother often mentioned how she seemed to be floating as she walked in the house and that all she could talk about was the guy she met at the blood drive. Smitten by their encounter, Jim found the courage to call her after catching a glimpse of his crush in the background of a bloodmobile photo that evening.
During their short courtship, the two identified many commonalities; a love for visiting the lake, waterskiing, golfing and even sharing the same O positive blood type.
Share the love with patients in need
This Valentine’s Day consider spreading love through blood donation to help patients battling illness and injury this winter. Each donation only takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself takes about 8-10 minutes.
Right now, the Red Cross has an emergency need for all eligible individuals to roll up a sleeve to help ensure that the shelves are stocked with lifesaving blood products for patients in need. Please make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767).
A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
Donors can help even more people by inviting a family member, friend or co-worker to donate too