Jefferson Award winner: Steve Thomas
Meet Steve Thomas. You can call him a life saver.
"He's given so much back to the Siouxland Community, that we could never thank him and all of our generous donors."
Because he's made 127 blood donations, equivalent to 15 gallons.
"I wanted to pay back." Thomas has been rolling up his sleeves, helping the community for 27 years.
"And that is just so hard to think of how much blood that is," said LifeServe Blood Center's Claire DeRoin. "That's almost 16 gallons of blood. That's enough blood to save the lives of 381 people. That's more than the population of Salix, Iowa."
That's why Life Serve nominated the long-time donor.
I was surprised. I didn't quite understand what it was until I was contact by Clair at the blood blank and she's the one who nominated and that make it okay as far as I was concern. Anything to promote the blood bank."
"I was surprised," Thomas said, "I didn't quite understand what it was until I was contact by Clair at the blood blank and she's the one who nominated and that make it okay as far as I was concern. Anything to promote the blood bank."
Thomas first gave blood in 1989, when his wife Lori started having contractions.
"There was complications with my wife and youngest daughter and it involved a lot blood donations from the blood bank."
Expecting a normal delivery, Thomas drove her to the hospital where they expected a normal delivery,
instead, his wife was rushed to Sioux City, because of her non-stop bleeding. So, Thomas jumped right in, literally, saving his wife's life.
"Such a righteous cause and we need blood all the time. Anybody that can give blood, it doesn't hurt, it's fun, it's a real social experience."
This is what makes Thomas our Jefferson Award recipient.