By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
High school senior Josi Jones’ pregnancy wasn’t the smoothest, and at 39 weeks, things took a scary turn.
“I was diagnosed with colestatis when I was barely 39 weeks and so they induced me,” Jones said. “After she was born we had a pretty rough patch. I got a kidney infection and a uterus infection and they spread to my organs which made me lose a lot of blood.”
Luckily, baby Cassidy was born completely healthy, but Jones had to have three blood transfusions before eventually recovering.
“If I didn’t have the blood that was donated, I wouldn’t have made it,” she said.
Today, mom and 4-month-old Cassidy are both happy and healthy.
Jones’ situation inspired fellow senior Alexis O’Malley and the leadership class at Marshall High to organize a Christmas Eve blood drive to save the lives of others.
“When a person gives blood they save three lives. So it’s a big deal and they have a huge shortage right now and a lot of people are needing blood because of these times,” O’Malley said. “They’ll travel and get in accidents and they need blood so it’s a big problem for the Red Cross.”
The blood drive will also double as a donation drive for Grandma’s House, a non-profit that helps teen mothers like Jones get on their feet.
“They’ve been such a great support they helped me with school, and transportation, and they give us free diapers and wipes,” she said. “They have us invest their own money so that when we move out we can use it towards a car or a house. A lot of those girls just come from nothing and so they need a little extra help and stability.”
“We just wanted to find a way to help the community and those two things seemed like the best way to help them and the ones that are most in need right now,” O’Malley said.
The blood drive will be held December 24th from from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall High School on 6th and Norton in Bend.
If you can’t donate blood, there will be a bin for donations for Grandma’s House on site.