Always “US” Thing
Shawana Johnson began hosting family blood drives in 2020 when she learned her father had lung cancer. she says, although her father did not received blood directly from their family blood drives she wanted to give the “Gift of Life” to those who needed it the most. Therefore, she continued to host regular blood drives, branching out from her family into of Opelousas. In January 2021 Shawana’s father, Freddy Chenier passed away.
Shawana plans to continue hosting blood drives in her father’s honor. She is abundantly thankful for those who continue to donate and grow her drive attendance.
“I’s never a ‘me thing.’ It’s always an ‘US thing.’ My family is the foundation of the blood drive. But it’s also amazin to see the new incoming donors every time.” – Shawana Johnson
In Feburary of 2021, a winter storm hit the Texas & Louisiana area drastically-causing region wide shutdowns for LifeShare Blood Center. Shortly after the storm, donors supported LifeShare in the midst of a critical blood shortage. There were over 3,500 units of whole blood donated February 20th – 28th. That’s an average of over 400 units of whole blood units given a day! We want to thank you for your selfless contributions, and for answering our SOS! Job well done!
Your blood doesn’t have to “Bee Positive” in order to give blood! Go to lifeshare.org/give to find a blood drive nearest you and make a donation! Our buzz-worthy “Bee Positive” t-shirts will be available until March 31st.