July 1, 2020

On June 16, 2020, Cliff Simpson a former POA Board member approached the Board about holding a Blood Drive. The Board quickly supported the idea and current Board member Michael Barefoot volunteered to make all the arrangements. This was all done in just two days.

60 Volunteers signed up, so The Blood Connection brought an additional Bloodmobile to accommodate everyone.

On July 1, 2020 two Bloodmobiles arrived at the Pool Parking lot. Their names are Wilma and Billy and they came completely staffed.


Donors began to arrive promptly at 2:00 PM and were quickly processed so they could enter one of the Bloodmobiles and donate their blood. Everything was well organized so donors could make their donation, collect their rewards including a box of French Chocolate Truffles courtesy of Michael Barefoot and Tim Manale.

Altogether an exceptionally smooth operation.

Everyone wore masks and as much as practical maintained social distancing. There was a humorous moment when one homeowner did not immediately recognize a neighbor because she was partially hidden behind her mask.

Although some would-be donors did not meet the requirements to give blood there were several walk-ins to help make up any difference.

Donors leaving the Bloodmobile proudly displayed the colored band covering the place where the blood was drawn.


As an added convenience, Michael became a volunteer babysitter so that the child’s mother could make her blood donation.

People remarked on how convenient it was to have this opportunity within our community.

The Blood Drive continued into the afternoon but your intrepid photographer left for cooler pastures. For this reason, not all donors are shown in the pictures but they are heroes none the less.

Please enjoy the pictures of this very special event. Whether or not you donated blood, the Board of Directors is interested in knowing if we should do this again and any other comments you would care to make. Please e-mail your thoughts to

Thank you for stepping up to save lives”.