MBS continues its drive to pave the way to recovery by making sure blood is available when patients need it.
Through the promotion, one lucky donor in Mississippi will win a brand new Jeep Wrangler.
Clevelander Tanya Cole was named MBS’s first finalist thanks to her recent blood donation in town.
Dawn Woods, MBS donor resources representative, presented Cole with the “Road to Life 5 Key” on Wednesday, which she will keep until another finalist is chosen next week.
The symbolic key represents the real keys that will be given out during the final event on Sept. 6 at Howard Wilson Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Flowood. All finalists will receive a key, but only one will actually start the Jeep at the giveaway.
"Thanks to Tanya’s donation, Mississippi hospital patients are on their way to going home too," said Woods. "I have found since representing this area that the Delta is so incredibly blessed with generous people.
"The fact that the first finalist is from the Delta is even more heartwarming."
Cole, a dedicated donor since 1995, said she was very surprised to be in the running.
"I'm beyond excited," she said. "I can't wait for the drawing, but it also feels good because donating blood makes me feel like I've saved lives.
"You never know when someone in your own family might need blood."
Every week MBS will hold a statewide drawing to select a name from the pool of donors who donated the prior week.
The last week of the campaign, after Labor Day, all donors who are not already finalists will have their names resubmitted to the pool and one will be drawn as the “Lucky 13 Donor.”
Every time someone donates they have a chance for their name to be drawn. Whole blood donors can donate every 56 days and platelet donors can donate every two weeks.
“Mississippi Blood Services is happy to announce the fifth annual Road to Life Blood Drive, which is exciting for both MBS and our donors,” said Tony Bahou, MBS public relations and communications manager. “But it’s even more exciting to know that countless hospital patients are getting back on 'The Road to Life' because so many Mississippians care enough to give blood.”
"It is true — people give and others live," added Woods. "Donating blood is for fellow Mississippians. It could even be for you."
Cole is hoping for a pleasant 39th birthday surprise, as the final drawing is just one day later.
"She has donated for many years and saved a lot of lives in that time," said Woods. "If anyone is worthy, it's definitely her."
Donating blood is safe, simple and saves lives. Donors can now check their cholesterol on the MBSConnect Account at www.msblood.com.
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.
Visit www.msblood.com or call (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for more information. Viewers can also visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/give2live and follow MSbloodservices on Twitter.
MBS was founded in 1979 and is the only nonprofit blood center headquartered in Mississippi.
MBS supplies a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products to Mississippi hospitals from the Tennessee line to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.