Red Cross Blood Drive set for March 17

Donors remember Joyce Chura, one who gave so much

Information submitted by Program & Events Committee

Throughout the years, Big Canoe residents have dutifully and eagerly participated in the Red Cross semi-annual blood drive, and it’s time again to roll up your sleeves on Friday, March 17.
Donate blood on St. Patrick’s Day and you might be treated to a leprechaun or two handing out snacks and pleasantries, but green beer will only flow at the Clubhouse.
The Red Cross will be set up at the Big Canoe Chapel, downstairs in McCormick Hall from early morning on. Be sure to thank the Bear Society for providing the snacks, especially for making time during their favorite holiday celebration to serve our community. Bear Society board member Jim Silavent is the guy in charge of cookies, and set-up too.
One lady that will be remembered in the hearts and minds on this giving day is Joyce Chura. Joyce passed away late last year after heading the blood drive for many years, often calling each donor individually to remind them to sign up and later to thank them for donating.
As friends often said, Joyce was the hub of the wheel, not only organizing Big Canoe’s blood drive, but working tirelessly at Big Canoe Animal Rescue and in her immediate neighborhood, often organizing social events to bring folks together. She and her late husband Dan loved to dance and we can imagine the couple now waltzing happily around the gates of heaven.
Joyce volunteered outside our gates too. For many years she was a mentor for middle school kids. Her kindness will be remembered by many, especially those unknowns who benefited from the gallons and gallons of life saving elixir Joyce helped collect.
Contact Cheryl Mahan at (706) 224-6610 to make a much appreciated appointment to give the gift of life. Walk-ins are welcome.