Civil Air Patrol’s Cochise Composite Squadron opened its facility in Sierra Vista as an emergency Red Cross blood donation center on July 7, 2020, for the first time. Forty-four donors responded, resulting in 42 units collected to help keep critical blood supplies available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Incident Commander Lt. Col. Bob Ditch congratulated the squadron on the success of the effort. “Your blood donor center broke all existing records. The 42 units of blood collected today is unprecedented.” With today’s donations, CAP has collected 397 units of blood in 83 days on the way to a goal of 500 units by the end of August.
Donors ranged from first-timers to seasoned veterans, including Sgt. 1st Class Brett Cowan, currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Army at Ft. Huachuca. “I have donated before,” Cowan said, “and saw the opportunity advertised on the Red Cross website.”
Another frequent donor, educator Roger Hill, told Whitworth, “My goal is to give 200 pints by the time I reach 60 years old.” He has already donated 160 pints.