1,000 Hours & Counting for Enid Volunteer
When 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.