Gloria, Ashley and Amanda Saffell started giving blood just a few short years ago, but between the three of them, they will have given 5 gallons before this year is up! It all started when the youngest Ashley donated at her High School in Kern River Valley. From then on, Ashley was a dedicated blood donor. One day, Ashley showed up at the community drive in Kern River Valley to donate, and brought her mom, Gloria. After they went to their local Burger King to redeem the free Whopper coupon from the Houchin blood drive, they called up Amanda. They all laughed as they recalled that conversation, “Free Whopper! I’m so there!”, said Amanda.
So naturally a competition emerged! Currently, Gloria is in the lead, assisted by the fact that both girls have had a baby since they began donating (donors are not eligible while pregnant, or until released by their doctor). Both Ashley and Amanda returned after their babies were born, and have donated more than a gallon, while Gloria’s next donation will make 2 gallons for her.
They all agreed that their motivation for donating is the friends and family that have needed blood products because of car accidents, and Gloria’s husband who suffers from a brain tumor. They calculated that between the three of them, they are responsible for bringing at least 10 new donors to the Kern River Valley Blood Drives! Amanda summed it up well, “it’s a very valid charity that doesn’t cost anything, but is a great way to give back!”