2018-07-05 / News

Candy Coulter Memorial Blood Drive on July 10 to continue volunteer’s legacy

The late Candy Coulter The late Candy Coulter NORTH BRANCH — In July 2017, the North Branch community turned out in large numbers to remember the volunteer efforts of Candy Coulter. To continue to honor Coulter’s work, the American Red Cross and the North Branch American Legion Post 457 are hosting the First Annual Candy Coulter Memorial Drive.

The blood drive will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Legion Post, 4075 Huron St., in downtown North Branch. Last year’s inaugural drive resulted in 72 blood donations.

Local restaurants and businesses, including, the North Branch Bar & Grill, Brass Lamp Villa, Firehouse Café, Niki’s North Branch Lounge, Bryan’s Supermarket, North Branch Food Center, Washakie Golf Club and RV Resort, Campbell’s Greenhouse, TJ’s Ice Cream Cabin, Orr Hardware, Jewelry by Joan E and the Village of North Branch have donated items and gift certificates for a raffle. All blood donors will have a chance to win the prizes.

All donors will receive a small souvenir of their donation.

During her many years of service, Coulter led a group of dedicated phone callers who personally called hundreds of potential donors to encourage them to give blood. She was also a fixture at the front reception area greeting each donor as they arrived. She was there from beginning to end during the blood drives, which are held six times a year.

Coulter died Jan. 1, 2016.

“After last year’s successful drive we decided to make our July drive each year in memory of Candy,” said Jim Smith, Post commander and coordinator of the blood drive. “We usually have between 40-50 donors at our regular drives in January, March, May, September and November, but we know that many people came in July last year simply to honor Candy’s work.”

Six North Branch churches assist with refreshments at the blood drives on a rotating basis. St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (January); North Branch Wesleyan Church (March); St. James Lutheran Church (May); Country Christian Church (July); First United Methodist Church (September); and St. Mary’s Catholic Church (November) have been consistent supporters of the blood drive in North Branch.

Betty Hallock, who worked with Coulter, has now taken over the reception duties.

North Branch National Honor Society students also help by providing set up assistance and donor service during the drives. Members of the American Legion Post and Boy Scout Troop 135, which meets at the North Branch Legion Post also help with set up and take down.

“We have many loyal and faithful donors, some who have given more than 100 pints of blood over the years,” Smith said. “We hope folks will continue to turn out and honor Candy by donating at this blood drive.”

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