It takes dedicated sponsors, amazing community blood donors, volunteers, committed staff, and many more to impact lives in our community. What you don’t know, there is a group of staff members working hard to take the blood that is delivered from blood drives and process it into a finished product that is ready for transfusion. This group of staff work in our component area and without them, we cannot provide the platelets, plasma, and red cells needed by our 36 local area hospitals. It usually takes about 2 hours to process a unit of blood into the three highly demanded products to save lives. These staff members are working late into the night to ensure we are ready for all types of unexpected emergencies. We are grateful for their tremendous experience, tireless efforts, and team work to make this all happen.