By HOWARD BALABAN email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — Terry Moyer said last year that he hoped the basket raffle and blood drive in honor of his late son, Terry, would become an annual event.
This past Saturday marked saw that hope coming true.
The younger Moyer died in an accident on Culvert Road in late August of 2011. His family was on hand at Oak Orchard Elementary School Saturday afternoon, along with a UNYTS mobile donor truck.
The older Moyer said the family chose a blood drive for a simple reason.
“Blood saves lives,” he said. “We had enough people donate to help save 54 lives last year.”
Paula Moyer said another reason they chose to include a blood drive was the blood donated “stays local.” This year, she said she noticed “a lot of new faces and a lot more people.”
The event also included a basket raffle. Proceeds from the raffle go to a scholarship in Terry Moyer’s name to a student at Medina High School, his alma mater. The pool of baskets this year increased from last year, the family said, with a total of 80 available.
“A lot of people in the community are so willing to help,” Paula said. “Some couldn’t because they had already met their donation limit for the year, so we’ll try to get them sooner next year.”
The biggest donation, though, took place in the blood donation truck, which had a steady stream of donors. Among them was first-time donor Kaitlyn Moyer, 16. She wanted to donate in honor of her brother last year but was too young. This year, her parents said they were proud of her for donating.
Also in the truck was Chris McCauley of Knowlesville, a friend to the Moyer family. He said, “I give blood as often as I can because I like giving back to the community.”
Across the aisle, Ken Ortiz of Medina said he donates blood because of his blood type. “I’m O positive, and I know that can help a lot of people in the community.” Ortiz added that he is also an organ donor and a live-tissue donor.