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Amy Roe is a shining example of what it means to have the spirit of giving for the holidays and all year round, for that matter.

Amy just gave whole blood for the sixth time this year, the maximum number of times a person can donate. She donates every 56 days, like clockwork.

If all donors were like Amy, the Blood Bank of Delmarva would never encounter blood shortages that pop up from time to time, including the holidays.

As we work hard to prevent any shortage this winter with our Holiday Hope campaign, it feels good to know people like Amy are on our side.

“I think it’s important to pay it forward,” Amy said. “You never know when you’re going to be the recipient of someone’s blood.”

Amy Roe first donated blood with us as a 16-year-old student at Newark High School, with a permission slip from her parents.

Since then, Amy has made donating blood a lifelong commitment.

Amy found out her blood type was O negative in high school, but she did not know exactly what that meant at the time. She eventually learned that she is the universal donor for red blood cells, which means her blood can be transfused to anyone with minimal risk of a reaction. Since then, she has embraced giving blood as a veritable civic duty and has reached the 6-gallon mark.

“I think I’m lucky; I’m very fortunate because I can give blood to anybody,” Amy said. “It’s the right thing to do. It doesn’t make me sick. I’m able to do it. It helps society. It makes me feel good.”

With Christmas, New Year’s and all the holidays upon us, Amy encourages others to find time to donate during our Holiday Hope campaign.

“It’s about making priorities. Make it a priority. Get another donation in before the end of the year. Feel good about yourself; start off the New Year right.”

If you would like to be a superhero like Amy, please call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit www.delmarvablood.org/hope to make an appointment to give.

Happy holidays.