Debbie Hallum is a dedicated donor with over 10 gallons of blood donated here at Houchin. Debbie’s journey as a donor began in 1997 when she and her husband first came in to donate in hopes of getting a cool themed T-shirt. Since then, Debbie has donated consistently along with her husband Charlie, who is a 6 galloneer – what a terrific duo!
Last year Debbie lost her father. He was short of reaching his 12 gallon milestone before he developed cancer. As a tribute to her father, Debbie appealed to friends and family to make up the last 6 pints her father needed to hit the 12 gallon donation mark. She had each donor send her a selfie of their wrapped arm, which she made into a great collage shown here. To honor this effort, we presented Debbie with the 12 gallon license plate frame her father wanted to earn.
Debbie recalls how before she began donating blood she used to be scared of needles but she got over her fear because she knew how much of a difference she could make, as her own mother once required 13 pints of blood in one go. She says, “Only 3% of the population give blood but 100% could one day use it.”
During her free time, Debbie enjoys spending time with friends, celebrating birthdays, and going on wine tours. Debbie is truly an example to follow and this is why she is October’s Donor of the Month! Congratulations, Debbie, see you at our donor center, soon!