Mike Phillips can barely remember when he didn't try to save a life or two several times a year.
Phillips, of Perryville, has been donating blood regularly since he was a teen. "I give blood two or three times a year. Somebody needs my blood," he said.
He was one of those donating blood last week at Grace Bible Chapel. Blood Bank of Delmarva sets up shop at the church every few months. People who formerly donated at Rising Sun Banquet Hall, now use the church.
Phlebotomist Joshua Wall said he likes the location. "The donors are fantastic here. Cecil County in general is friendly and generous," said Wall. "And there's no city parking (fees)."
About 35 people gave blood last week at Grace Bible Chapel, said Lee Robbins, a Blood Bank of Delmarva staffer. Nearly 40 scheduled appointments and most turned out.
The blood bank is currently in the midst of their Summer Blood Drive.
Those who give between May and September 11 can be entered to win a trip to Disney World.
Renee Capano of Charlestown was donating.
"I give all the time. I want to be able to help people. I started giving double (red cell) so now I can save four people instead of two. I scheduled this a month ago," said Capano.
Erin Ferdinando isn't a regular donor. But she plans to be.
"I haven't done it in years," Ferdinando said, shortly after giving a donation. But after hearing about a local child in need of medical help, Ferdinando decided to donate blood.
"I had donated for years. Then I had a blood disorder in 2001 so I understand why it's so important to give," said Ferdinando.
Chris Madron and Agnes Underwood go to donate blood together. "I'm glad to donate. And close to home it's really handy," said Madron. "I think it's important. I've never had to have a transfusion but I know people who have and I'm glad blood was available. It (giving) hurts less this time than it did other times," said Madron.
"I'm letting them suck my blood out because I think it's necessary. It's not painful. We come here now to give. It's closer and convenient," said Underwood.
Charlie Cox is a Lifesaver member of Blood Bank of Delmarva. "When they usually call, I usually give. It's important to help someone who needs my blood. I'd hope someone would do it for me," said Cox. "I've been giving blood for 43 years."
In order to give blood, you have to be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. There are other restrictions. You can find more information by calling 1-888-BLOOD 8.
Stacy Zachry is in the medical field and she is a first responder. "I see people all the time who are losing blood. I take the time to give pretty much every time they (blood bank) are here," said Zachry.