It's been a while since Carla Neading got the first holiday themed blood drive underway as a gift that she could repay in no other way. Her husband Steve got sick and the diagnosis was difficult and journey has been harder, but to take a tragedy and turn it around....well, that's a Christmas Miracle and kind of the thing we're best at in Muskegon any time of the year.
Hepatitis C is eventually what was found to be making Steve so ill, and in the process of that diagnosis, he'd needed a few blood transfusions. More than a few, it was so many that Carla decided to find out what it took to get a Red Cross Blood drive going and she got to it. That was 17 years ago. Imagine the dedication and devotion it takes to not only sustain an event like this while working, raising kids...then along come some grand kids and to all of our good fortune, with the transfusions and improved treatments, Carla still has Steve today.
10a is when you'll be able to begin donating on December 29th. You'll be able to enjoy the regular canteen things that the Red Cross supplies, but the "Church Ladies" as Carla proudly calls them, all spend time making plenty of hot and hearty homemade soups for those who come to donate. You'll not only get a break from the hustle and bustle of all the holiday goings on while you relax and give blood.....you'll find a selection of tempting soups to send you out the door warm and full!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 1006 3rd Street in Muskegon. It's right by the Hackley Library and Hackley Park. If you'd like to make an appointment to donate on the 29th, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter key word stpauls. You can also call 1800-733-2787 to register a time to donate.