Doug Harrison of Peoria has volunteered for the American Red Cross as a Blood Transportation Specialist for the past 15 years.
As a Transportation Specialist volunteer, Doug is the critical link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood, platelets or other blood products to hospitals.
“This is a lifesaving job,” he says.
Formerly a printing press operator, Doug decided to start volunteering when his full-time job was eliminated. On average, he is called to deliver blood products two or three times a week – it’s a call he is always happy to take.
Doug also volunteers at blood drives and says, he just likes being able to do something for other people.
“I enjoy it. I’m giving back to the community; that there, in itself, makes me feel good.”
Thank you, Doug! Visit redcross.org/volunteer to sign up as a Red Cross volunteer.
Written by Illinois Region Communications Manager Brian Williamsen