Depot Safety Office hosts awareness fair, blood drive
By Lance Cpl. James Green
| | May 11, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
Depot service members and guests were given the opportunity to attend this quarter’s safety fair and blood drive, which was coordinated here by the Depot Safety Office May 3.
The event’s participants included the California Highway Patrol, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the U.S. Coast Guard Community Emergency Response Team, the American Red Cross, the Substance Abuse Counseling Center, Family Advocacy and Naval Medical Center San Diego.
All of the vendors had something to offer to the attendees whether it was a T-shirt or useful information, but one organization was there to get something back.
The Naval Medical Center came on deck with their Blood Mobile ready to accept the gift of life in the form of generous blood donations from qualified individuals.
“We received a total of 61 units which is really good,” said Wendy Mora, donor recruiter, NMCSD. “Each unit of blood we received is able to help up to three people.”
The four-hour fair left service members both informed and anxious to see what the next event will have in store.
“I’ve attended all the safety fairs since I have been here,” said Capt. Patrick T. Grosso, food services officer, Food Services Division. “I like to see what new information they have to offer, and why not donate blood while I am here?”
Grosso, a native of Carson, Calif., said he donates regularly, and having the Blood Mobile present at the fair only made this chance to give back more convenient.
Doreen Rekoski, blood donor recruiter, NMCSD, said that she is glad the Safety Office invited the Blood Mobile to be part of their event due to past success in donations.
“The event was a total success as it always is when we work with Safety,” said Rekoski. “We will definitely be out here at the next event.”
The next depot safety function is scheduled for the end of June.
For more information, contact the Depot Safety Office at (619) 524-8769.