Pete McMullen

A Veteran Blood Donor

Pete McMullen

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Blood Centers of the Pacific is forever grateful for the Blood Drive Coordinators who step up to the plate and help the blood center connect with lifesavers at their company, organization, or venue. These volunteer coordinators are essential to successful blood drives. Often these individuals who volunteer extra time have some family or personal experience that is added motivation to recruit blood donors.

Pete McMullen, Club Manager of the Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall, is such a person. At the age of 17 Pete joined the U.S. Army and headed across the globe to Southeast Asia where he saw firsthand the ravages of war and the urgent need of blood transfusions for the wounded in Vietnam. As a veteran of Vietnam and Korea, Pete has many stories he could tell, but would rather lead by example as a blood donor.

Since his first blood donation at 18 years of age Pete has donated more than 10 gallons of blood! That puts him in the upper echelon of the all-time great blood donors. Unfortunately he has not been able to donate for the past few years, so it was fortuitous when Robin Taylor, BCP’s East Bay Territory Account Representative, reached out to the Benicia Veterans Memorial Hall as the new potential Benicia Community blood drive venue. Pete not only enthusiastically embraced blood drives at the Hall, but said he was going to be the first one in line to donate.

Ideally situated on Benicia’s historic main street, the newly renovated Casa Grande Room in the Veterans Memorial Building offers an inviting space for the blood drive and ample parking for donors in the back.

Please join Pete and be part of the spirit of community service in Benicia by scheduling your lifesaving appointment at bloodheroes.com. Click ‘Locate a Blood Drive’ and enter Sponsor Code: bencom.

For more information, contact: Robin Taylor at rtaylor@bloodcenters.org.
All blood donors will be treated to sandwiches!