Forty-four people gave blood at the April American Red Cross blood drive held at the Countryside Christian Church in Monett.
Each donor received a free gift for their donation. The blood drive was in honor of U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Glenn Stark. Stark, age 22, was killed in action on Feb. 28 in COP Tangi, Afghanistan.
Teresa Stark, his mother, made a surprise visit to the blood drive thanking everyone for remembering Christopher. KY3 also visited the drive and did a special in honor of the fallen soldier. A card was signed by all of the donors and mailed to Teresa Stark.
Donna Beckett, bloodmobile chairman, noted three-gallon marks were reached. Among those receiving gallon pens were: Mark Nelson, two gallons; Gerry Bounds, 13 gallons; and Donna Beckett, 19 gallons. Karen Brosi was a first-time donor.
Schreiber Foods provided cheese during the drive, and Ramey Supermarket provided the orange juice.
Donating blood were: Ronnie Veith, Diana Dupre, Lon Dupre, Roger Spencer, Jerry Hudson, Denny Brown, Jeff James, Donna Beckett, Mark Nelson, Rebecca Brown, Betty Moss, Heno Head, Geneva Brown, Cheryl Kristek, Randy Kristek, John Beckwith, Dale Gentry, Levi Neely, Eileen Greer, Sue Doennig, Jeffery Gates, Kristine Johnson.
Ryan Johnson, Gorden Renfro, Regania Peterson, Michel Garman, Larry Eden. Kenneth Saloga, Latricia Davis, Ethan Davis, John Howerton, Samuel Helmkamp, Sheri Branch, Karen Brosi, Wilma Stoll, Alison Schied, Penni Coatney, Gerry Bounds, Mark Coatney, Madeline Ceselski, Robin Underwood, Michael Seitz, Marlene Mareth and Marty Lewis.
The next blood drive will be held on June 20 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.