A blood drive is being held Tuesday (May 24) at the Damascus Area School in memory of Stewart Dean Sr. of Milanville.

A blood drive is being held Tuesday (May 24) at the Damascus Area School in memory of Stewart Dean Sr. of Milanville.

Sponsored by the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church, Damascus Area School PTA, and Damascus Ambulance Corps, the drive is being held from 1 to 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Q. We asked Damascus Blood Drive Coordinator Tammi Diehl why this blood drive is so special.
A. “Stewart was a monumental part of our community. He was very active with our church (Damascus Manor United Methodist Church). He was known to many Wayne County farmers. A lot of parents and students knew him. He did the barbecues for the 4-H Auction Day at the Wayne County Fair,” Diehl said.

Asking people to please give the gift of life, Mr. Dean’s widow wrote, “His last days were a battle against gastrointestinal bleeding complicated by other health concerns. He was treated with a total of 18 units of blood in a valiant life-sustaining effort by Wayne Memorial ICU Staff. Without that treatment, there would have been no hope.”

Q.What’s your collection goal?
“We don’t have one. I would love to see at least 50 units. We are (also) doing double reds. I will be doing one. I’m the first appointment,” Diehl said.
Q. How many blood drives do you sponsor in a year?
We’ve bumped it up to four. We started out doing two a year. There’s such a need for blood that I encouraged people to bump it up to a third and now we’re up to a forth,” she said.

Mr. Dean served in the U.S. Army , stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas.
 “In 1957, he graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill with a degree in agricultural service. Stewart spent his career in assorted branches of the New York State dairy industry, ultimately acting as a rating officer for the Interstate Milk Shippers program headquartered in Albany, N.Y.,” his wife said. 

“He was a lifetime member of the Beach Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. and a strong supporter of such organizations as the Dessin Animal Shelter, the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, ARC, and the American Diabetes Association. Before his health issues made him ineligible to give, he was a faithful blood donor,” she said.

For more details or to make an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.