The American Red Cross and Pittman Park United Methodist Church are holding a blood drive in memory of Wade Mims Monroe on Thursday.
The drive will be held at Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, from 1:30-6:30 p.m.
The Red Cross lost a good friend when Monroe died Oct. 6 in McKenzie, Ala., at age 80, said Nancy Martin, the senior account manager with the American Red Cross Blood Services.
“Mims will be remembered as a gentle, kind, and thoughtful man and for giving to his time and efforts to his community,” Martin said. “He was also very analytical, but had a wonderful sense of humor. Mims was always willing to take on each challenge we faced collecting the blood our patients needed. It was a great pleasure and honor working with Mims.
“Margaret Monroe, Mims' wife supported Mims in all his efforts in the community and was a big part of his service,” Martin continued. “Attending the drive with Margaret will be their son David Monroe. We hope the many friends and donors that Mims touched will come by and donate in his memory and visit with his family. “
Mims Monroe provided more than 10 years of volunteer service as Bulloch County blood services chairman. Through his leadership, Bulloch County was recognized for collecting the most blood for the Savannah District of the American Red Cross, which covers 22 counties. In 2004, the Statesboro donor center was opened in the East Georgia Regional Medical Center Office Building and was dedicated to Monroe for his service to the community blood program.
“It takes a special person to be a Red Cross blood drive coordinator,” Martin said. “It takes dedication, passion and the ability to organize, plan and motivate others effectively. Through his efforts many lives were saved, and the groundwork was laid to continue his legacy”.
Greg Anderson, a longtime friend, recalled “how dedicated Mims was no matter what he was doing and how he always had a heart for other people. Never without a joke, he had a great sense of humor and he will be missed.”
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call (800) RED CROSS (733-2767).
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age or younger also must meet specific height and weight requirements.
The Southern Region serves 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of patients.