In honor of Haywood Davis, a long-time, active and generous Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® member, the community service committee members of DRAR organized a blood drive through The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter.
The event was held on Monday, September 22 at the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS®, with a goal to collect 30 units of blood. After months of planning and soliciting for donors, 33 donors attended the event and from those participants, 30 units of blood were collected. Each unit of blood has the potential to save three lives.
Emilee Collins, President of Collins Design-Build, Inc–a NC Custom Homebuilding and Remodeling Firm and DRAR member–made the recommendation to honor the passing of Haywood Davis by having a blood drive in his honor. She says, “The American Red Cross helped 1 in 10 people in eastern North Carolina last year. They are a tremendous asset to our communities: providing support after disasters, collecting blood supplies, educating, providing local and international services to our military members, and providing patients with medical appointment transportation. It’s wonderful to be able to honor our late friend, Haywood, while benefiting an organization that will help so many in the future.”
Facts About The American Red Cross’ Blood Services:
•The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
•The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,700 hospitals across the U.S.
•Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
•More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
•The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
•Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
•More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
•A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
Make an Appointment to Donate Blood at a site near you.
Emilee Collins serves as the Board of Directors Secretary of The American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter, serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Roxboro and many other towns.
To learn more about Collins Design-Build’s commitment to custom green home building and serving their community visit www.collinsdesignbuild.com.
Chad D. Collins, Accredited Master Builder
An area native, NC Licensed General Contractor, National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green ProfessionalTM, and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Chad is one of less than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state. He achieved this professional designations after years of experience and numerous hours of coursework via the NC Builder Institute. Chad has been an active member of the building industry since the early 1990’s. He joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties in 2005. Chad was soon named HBA Recruiter of the Year and he subsequently chaired various HBA committees. Chad is a Licensed Home Inspector, as well as, a Licensed Lead Abatement professional.
In addition to industry awards in recognition of excellence in home building and remodeling, Collins Design-Build has twice been named Building Company of the Year via the HBA’s Triangle Sales and Marketing Council MAME (Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence) Awards. The company has also received a Best Green Built Home STARS Award from the NCHBA. Currently, Chad serves as 1st Vice President of the HBADOC, and recently completed one of Durham’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) residential projects. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, projects must satisfy pre-requisites and earn points to achieve various levels of achievement.
In 2014 Chad was selected as the HBADOC 2014 Builder of the Year and recently honored at The International Builders Show in Las Vegas as the NAHB’s Certified Green Home Professional of the Year.
This post was written by Chad Collins