Blood Drive

St. Mary Catholic Faith Community is proud to collaborate with the Knights of Columbus to sponsor ongoing Blood Drives. We are called to give back to our community in so many ways. For those of us who are able, donating blood is an opportunity to live out our faith in a very concrete way. We give because we can!

Helping to maintain an adequate blood supply in this area touches many lives. As we accompany those among us who are injured or sick, we often feel helpless. With prayer as our ally, we can do something concrete through routine blood donations that help show how much St Mary cares. 


Your Donation Makes a Difference

Meet Mario Higgins

What blood type do you have and how is it rare?
I have a missing protein in my blood. This missing protein affects one in 500 African Americans — also people from the Caribbean islands and Asia. They first thought the mutation was the body’s way to fight off malaria.

I have donated matched platelets for people who have the same missing protein that I do. It helps their body heal faster. If these people received platelets from someone else, their bodies would fight off those platelets.

Do you know if your blood has helped anyone?
I know my donations have helped people in seven different states. They’re people I will probably never meet. I know I’m saving lives, and that makes it worthwhile.

I’ve also donated to a little girl in Canada; she was having surgery and needed my specific blood type. It’s just such a tremendous feeling to know I’ve touched someone’s life in that way.

I also get called when a patient is in need of my platelet donations. So, I donate platelets on demand. As a rare blood donor, I understand how valuable my blood can be for some patients, and I want to make sure it’s there when someone needs it.

How long have you known you have rare blood that can help special patients?
It has probably been about seven or eight years. I learned about it through my regular blood screening at BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

Why do you donate?
Somebody will need it. I have a 12-year-old daughter who has been through three major heart surgeries. Although I donated before that, it just has a different meaning now. She’s doing great now. You would never even know. She had her first surgery when she was four months old, another when she was five years old, and a third when she was six.

People need people, make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood.

We must rely on each other for the gift of blood, and patients in your community rely on the generosity of Versiti’s blood donors to help. Please consider scheduling an appointment to donate. If this is your first time, donating blood is quick, easy and relatively painless. And, it is a great way to give back and help patients in your community.

Upcoming Dates

Drives at St. Mary are suspended due to COVID-19



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Eligibility Questions?

Blood Donation FAQ

For donor safety,
donations are limited
to six times, annually.


Contact Us

Jim McClure
Blood Drive Chairperson
(847) 644-1269