Kemper blood drive receives statewide award

Kemper blood drive receives statewide award

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Mississippi Blood Services President and CEO David Allen (third from left) presented the 2015 Best New Group Award to Kemper County energy facility representatives.

What started out as a way to help colleagues in need has become an effort that’s being recognized statewide.

Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility recently was the recipient of Mississippi Blood Services’ “Best New Group” award for its blood donation efforts in 2015.

“We do hundreds of blood drives throughout the year, but there are those who go the extra mile, who work to increase the units collected, strive to reach others on our behalf and who work to ensure their communities have the blood that’s needed,” Susan Ates, Mississippi Blood Services Director of Public Relations said.

Led by Kemper’s operations team, two successful blood drives were conducted onsite in 2015, and the plant’s safety committee has resolved to keep them going.

“With Mississippi Blood Services as our partner, the blood drive here at the Kemper plant has blossomed,” said Tripp Ward, Kemper County energy facility Community Connections president.

With only three stand-alone intake centers, Ates said Mississippi Blood Services depends heavily on community-focused organizations and companies like Mississippi Power.

“When we go to people and they don’t have to drive (to a donation center) that makes it much easier for people to come and donate,” Ates said.

Katherine Byrd, Mississippi Blood Services marketing representative, nominated the Kemper team for the award based on the employee’s enthusiasm and proactive work to promote the blood drives.

“They collected more than 130 units in 2015,” Byrd said. “That’s outstanding.”