ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — More than 100 people donated blood on Friday afternoon at Ashtabula Towne Square thanks to the efforts of a woman who nearly lost her life in 2018.
Angela Kendall, who almost died after a postpartum hemorrhage, has worked hard to repay the efforts of those who gave her life-saving blood by urging others to do the same.
Kendall had emergency surgery after the hemorrhage and required four blood transfusions to save her life.
"From that moment on, I knew that blood donation would be something I could advocate for the rest of my life," Kendall said prior to the drive on Friday.
Kendall said she set a goal of at least 100 people donating blood. She said a pint of blood is often determined to save three lives.
Kendall said 114 donors came through and 97 pints of blood were collected. She said that amount of blood could save 291 lives.
Kendall said she normally helps coordinate related auction that has raised $8,861 for non-profit organizations but the event had to be canceled this year because of the coronavirus.
"It was an excellent turnout, but it was different," Kendall said on Friday while thanking friends for participating.
Kendall said those who donated received a commemorative sweat shirt and were entered in a contest to win one of five $1,000 Amazon gift cards.
"People are really excited to give blood," Kendall said. She said the American Red Cross agreed to expand the blood donor event to nine hours starting at 10 a.m. on Friday and concluding at 7 p.m. that day.
Tanya Brewer waited her turn to give blood at the center of Ashtabula Towne Square.
"I do it every year for Angela and my husband comes too," she said.