Peg Mitchell, a long-time colleague of Meister’s at Washington Early Learning Center donated blood for the first time in more than 20 years. “What brought me here was Kristen. She brings out the good in all people. She has this calm demeanor.” Bautista said many people at the blood drive were first-time donors or those who hadn’t donated in years. “What started out as a small drive of 20-30 donors intended to support Kristin in her battle with cancer, transformed into a large-scale community awareness event around the importance of blood donation with over 80 donors -- which translates into saving 240 lives,” Bautista said.
When Meister heard the total number of donors for the blood drive, she said “I’m amazed by how many will come out and carry your burden with you. It was such a testimonial to our community. It’s was gratifying to see people take the time and make the sacrifice to come and help.” She also thought the atmosphere at the blood drive was positive and uplifting. “It was really cool experience to see so many people come together and reconnect. People enjoyed seeing each other. They seemed to really enjoy the experience.”