WILMINGTON, Del. – Mix 99.5 FM WJBR’s You’re Someone’s Type Blood Drive was a success on Thursday, February 10 as 90 people presented to donate.

It was out biggest blood drive in February at a time when blood drives are rarer. Congratulations to Account Manager Mary Moore and thank you to the hardworking Mobile Operations team for getting things done on Thursday at beautiful DuPont Country Club. Special thanks go to WJBR Morning Show Co-host Deanna Marie for coordinating this blood drive.

The blood drive in honor of Valentine’s Day was held by WJBR to show some love to the community and to help alleviate the local and national shortage of blood.

“Thank you for a fantastic blood drive!” Blood Bank of Delmarva Account Manager Mary Moore said. “I appreciate your commitment to our mission to help save lives in our community.  In total, we collected 86 units of blood [including 10 Alyx units], a great addition to our daily inventory.  Thank you for hosting the first “You’re Someone’s Type blood drive, we are looking forward to continuing this event annually.”

WJBR staff donating blood included Marta DeLisi, Greg Beran and Lora Lewis, and Chris Leonard did a superb job of managing the event.

Also among the donors was WJBR listener Randy Emerson, who donated for the first time at Thursday’s blood drive.

“I heard it on the radio, and I’ve always wanted to do this,” Randy said. “I just never did, and my masonic fraternity asked me to be the coordinator of the blood drive. I’m thinking, I’d be such a hypocrite asking guys to give blood if I’m not doing it.”

Blood donor Eric Lowman usually gives at the Concord Donor Center in nearby Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, which has been temporarily closed due to staffing shortages. When he saw this blood drive at the DuPont Country Club, he signed up because it was convenient.

Briana Smith also signed up because of the convenience. She works at Nemours Children’s Hospital less than a mile away from the country club.

“My daughter has had two open heart surgeries and one lung surgery. I’ve always felt that in the event that she needed blood I just want to give back,” Briana said. “It was in the back of mind.”

Pete Abessinio also signed up for the WJBR blood drive  because of its proximity. He too is a regular at the Concord Donor Center.

“This one popped up and it’s close,” Pete said.

Marta DeLisi, General Sales Manager for Beasley/WJBR, was grateful to all the donors who came out.

“When we asked them, they showed up for a great cause,” she said. “On behalf of Beasley Media Group and WJBR, I want to thank everyone for coming out. Together, we can stop the blood emergency and help a lot of people.”

Special thanks go to The Candlelight Theatre and IBEW Local 313 for sponsoring this blood drive.

“We’ve been very fortunate with our clients, with our customers coming back, with our supporters,” Candlelight Theatre Board of Directors President Terry Healy said. “So, we’re doing a little bit of give back this season. We’re bringing in community groups, one every week, to see the show. We’re giving back to the community because it’s been a rough two years for everybody. Everybody needs help. Everybody needs support. We want to pay it forward a bit.”