One Blood’s Blood Mobile will be on Platt Street, next to the Sanctuary, 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Aug. 19. All donors receive a One Blood beach towel and a coupon for a free six pack of mini donuts from Little Donut House. Note: Donors must be 17 years old.

This month we celebrate Winter. Here’s her story:

This is the story of my daughter, Winter. In October of 2007, she was born three weeks early and weighed in at 3 pounds and 10 ounces. Other than being small, she seemed perfectly healthy. However, three days later, as we were waiting for our release papers to be signed, she stopped breathing.

Winter was airlifted to the hospital where we were given the diagnosis. She was suffering from neonatal septicemia, which was causing her organs to simultaneously shut down. The doctors gave her a 10% chance of survival as she underwent several transfusions to flush out the infected blood.

Today, Winter is a happy, healthy 10-year-old girl and I am eternally grateful to all the blood donors who helped save her life. Without you, my baby girl would not be alive. I am now a regular blood donor myself. Hopefully, the parents of other sick children can receive the same gift that was once given to me, the gift of life.

Make a difference in the life of someone for whom blood is the only option. Please donate!

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