TOUCHING STORY: Florida veteran on a mission to donate blood in every state

On one of the most patriotic days of the year, U.S. Army Veteran Steve Harrell is donating blood with The Blood Connection (TBC) in Arden, NC with one mission in mind: to save lives. That mission has led Harrell on a trip around the nation, donating blood in every state. “If you want to be a hero…you can do that right here at home,” Harrell told TBC. “People that give blood are heroes too, they’re saving lives every time they donate.”

With the help of TBC, Harrell will donate in the 10th state on his list, North Carolina. He will be donating with TBC again in South Carolina to check the box for state #11. The Jacksonville, Florida native plans to donate blood every 2 months until he’s given in every state, the last two being Alaska and Hawaii. Harrell says this mission is driven by his passion to give back to the communities that make up the great nation he served in the Army.

The Blood Connection is the proud blood provider for all Upstate hospitals and most in the Asheville area, including the Charles-George VA Medial Center. In conjunction with Harrell's donation, TBC is hosting a Veteran’s Day Blood Drive on November 11th at all TBC Donation Centers and at Greenville Office Supply (GOS) in Greer, SC. Lockheed Martin will also be participating on November 14th. Both companies are proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Program, an organization that focuses on partnering with companies to hire veterans. For every blood donor on Veteran’s Day, TBC will donate $10 to the Wounded Warrior Program. Donors will also receive a gift. Help TBC honor veterans for their service by donating blood and saving local lives.

WHERE: Any TBC Upstate Donation Center. Locations: 270 N. Grove Medical Park in Spartanburg, 1308 Sandifer Blvd in Seneca, 341 Old Abbeville Hwy in Greenwood, 5116 Calhoun Memorial Hwy in Easley, 435 Woodruff Rd in Greenville
WHEN: Monday, Nov 11th, 7A-7P
WHAT: All donors will receive a $10 VISA gift card and $10 will also be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program, for every donor.