GIVING IN HER BLOOD: Local woman honored for blood donation

COLUMBIA CITY — Ellen Hively is a true blue bona fide domesticated tomboy.She sews, cans, hunts, butchers, gardens, fishes — but most notably she donates her blood.This Whitley County gal has a heart of gold and she proved that when she received the American Red Cross distinguished honor of being named Whitley County’s Outstanding Donor during January which is National Blood Donor Month.Hively has donated 216 pints of blood so far and in March she will hit the 27 gallon mark.“It renews my body. I build new blood platelets every time,” she said.Each year, the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region recognizes an Outstanding Blood Donor in each county.“For Whitley County, Ellen Hively donated five times last year,” said Marilyn Rafter, of the American Red Cross. “She has donated a total of 216 unites of blood throughout her lifetime.”January is a challenging time for blood donation because cold and snowy weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments.Regardless of the time of the year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.Locally the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be collect blood beginning at 11 a.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church on March 1.To schedule an appointment to donate call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or for more information.