Volunteer Bright Spot Recognition

S. MilburnMrs. Sharon Milburn is a very loyal volunteer to the Enid area in many different ways. After retiring from AT&T where she worked for 34 years, Sharon wanted to be able to get involved in her community, give back, and be able to be around wonderful people.

Sharon is an avid in-center volunteer, as a member of our Blood Bag Crew each and every week, as well as a receptionist fill-in when needed. Sharon is also a volunteer for over twenty local mobile-blood drives. Since Sharon joined the OBI volunteer team in July 2012, she has given just over 400 hours of service to OBI.

All of us here at the Enid Donor Center would like to honor Sharon for being an outstanding volunteer and a true bright spot for OBI and our community.

1,000 Hours & Counting for Enid Volunteer

Enid VolunteerWhen entering the Enid donor center on Mondays, donors are greeted by a friendly and familiar face. Eldon Ames has been volunteering for Oklahoma Blood Institute since January 1999, averaging more than 100 hours each year. This year, Eldon passed the 1,000-hour mark.

A retired art teacher, Eldon became involved with OBI in the late 80s, when one of his former students, who was then a director with OBI, asked him to donate blood. Over the years, Eldon was a faithful donor until health issues prevented him from donating. Now Eldon continues to give through OBI with the gift of his time.

“Eldon works the front desk, helping donors sign in and making them feel welcomed,” said Ramona Phillips, OBI volunteer coordinator. “He is always professional, and we are fortunate that he chooses to share his time and talents with us.”

Eldon is very involved in the Enid community and volunteers for several other organizations serving on various local boards. He says he enjoys his hours with OBI because of the staff and donors.