Volunteers are the lifeblood

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

Though perhaps best known for its disaster relief work, the Red Cross also collects and provides blood and blood products to patients nationwide. In fact, the Red Cross provides 40% of the nation’s supply of blood and blood products, making it the single largest source in the country. Because of its reach, the Red Cross needs a donor base as diverse as the patient population so it can collect all blood types and treat conditions that require repeated transfusions such as leukemia and sickle cell anemia.

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Katie Luckini and Tyler Davis, both agents at the Davis Insurance Group, volunteer to check in blood donors at a blood drive in Morgantown, W.Va.

A community leader

 

To support the Red Cross’s vital work, the Davis Insurance Group has become a leader in organizing blood drives in the communities they serve. Located in Westover, W.VA., the agency sponsors the popular Halloween “Give Till You Scream” drive, the “Downtown Drive,” which supports local businesses by handing out coupons to donors, and memorial blood drives, which honor loved ones lost to blood-related diseases.

 

Ten agency employees support the nonprofit, including commercial lines agent Katie Luckini, who serves as a Red Cross Community Volunteer Leader and member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. A tireless volunteer wrangler, Luckini recruits people to support the nonprofit in a variety of ways.

 

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Davis Insurance Group staff volunteering at a blood drive event. 

 

Keeping donations flowing during Covid

 

Across the U.S., donation drives hosted by high schools and universities are usually some of the largest and most reliable sources of blood — which is why the agency often supports drives at these locations. So, when schools closed due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the Davis Insurance Group got creative. The staff found new locations for blood drives, such as the rehearsal space at a local dance studio. It also packed the calendar with donation drives at other alternate locations and heavily promoted them throughout the community. “The need for blood did not slow down during the pandemic, so we didn’t either,” said Luckini. “Working with our neighbors and business partners, we found novel ways to help the Red Cross continue its lifesaving work.”

 

“The need for blood didn’t slow down during the pandemic, so we didn’t either. Working with our neighbors and business partners, we found novel ways to help the Red Cross continue its lifesaving work.”

– Katie Luckini, Commercial Lines Agent, Davis Insurance Group

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Katie Luckini, of the Davis Insurance Group, Jessica White, owner of Pizzaz Dance Academy, and Red Cross phlebotomists at a blood donor drive held at the studio in Morgantown, W.VA., in 2021.

A final wonderful gift

Jason Keeling, Executive Director of the Allegheny Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross of Central Appalachia, praised the agency’s dedication to service, no matter what. “The Davis team continues to show up for us when volunteers are needed more than ever,” said Keeling. “Even during these challenging times, they have organized blood drives and kept the community engaged and informed.”

 

One recent drive was a memorial for a local young man named Demetry who received a devastating leukemia diagnosis. Sadly, Demetry passed soon after his diagnosis. But in his final days he set an ambitious goal: he wanted ten donations to be collected for every blood product he used while in the hospital. He also encouraged the Davis team to use his illness as an opportunity to educate people about the need for diversity in the donor pool. This prompted a large and active online effort in the community to promote diversity initiatives.

 

“When a community suffers a loss, it looks for ways to act. By setting this blood drive in motion, Demetry gave his many loved ones a wonderful gift,” said Luckini. “I’m grateful to be a part of this event and to work at an agency that gives me the latitude to be so involved.”

 

“The Davis team continues to show up for us when volunteers are needed more than ever.”

– Jason Keeling, Executive Director, Allegheny Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross of Central Appalachia

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Davis Insurance Group commercial lines agent Katie Luckini and Jason Keeling, Executive Director of the local Red Cross tabling at the Morgantown Marathon.

Giving the gift of life

 

Blood drives can be expensive. On average, a drive costs $3,900, with sickle cell trait testing running $77 per blood donor. If awarded, the American Red Cross of Central Appalachia would use a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance to cover the cost of two blood drives and trait testing for 29 donors.

 

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Stacy McFarland
14 days ago

Thank you to Davis Insurance Group, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance!

Lois Fromm
14 days ago

This is awesome!

Jimmy Gamble
14 days ago

Great work!

Aimee Long
14 days ago

Great job Davis Insurance Group!

Chris Berrier
14 days ago

Great job

Jake
14 days ago

Important work by this agency and organization. Congrats on the award and good luck on getting the additional $5,000!

Ann Heidemann
14 days ago

So exciting! Congrats Davis Insurance!

Ashley Mixon
14 days ago

Great work!!! thank you for all you are doing!

Rhonda Deavers
14 days ago

This is awesome great work to the entire team!

Marie Curtis
14 days ago

Awesome job Davis Insurance Group … thank you for all that you do!

Matt Warye
14 days ago

Help Davis fund two blood drives!! Great work Agency Partners!

Judy Twigg
14 days ago

Good job, Davis Insurance Group, keep up the good work

Stephanie Stockman
14 days ago

Keep up the good work!

Clare DiSalvo
14 days ago

Go, Katie and Davis Insurance! You all are doing great work!

Andrew Amaro
14 days ago

Great job!

Duy Nguyen
14 days ago

Red cross is so important to our communities.

Krista Farley
13 days ago

Thank you Davis Insurance Group for your support of the Red Cross.

Chris Owens
13 days ago

Nice job all!

Todd Klesch
13 days ago

Awesome!

Jeff Hornyak
13 days ago

Tremendous program and community partner! Thank you Davis Insurance Group!

Ruth Monaghan
13 days ago

Nice job!

Alexis Holzer
13 days ago

I love your focus on diversity and inclusion – thank you for all you’re doing for the community!

Brianna Coleman
13 days ago

This is such a blessing!!!

Lori Ellison
13 days ago

Thank you, Davis group for such a generous donation and a big thank you to the Allegheny Highlands Chapter of the Red Cross for leading the charge to help fill the needed blood supply, You’re a great example for all.

Catherine Whitworth
13 days ago

Davis Insurance has been at the forefront of helping our community address some compelling health inequities. Wonderful work.

Timothy S Young
13 days ago

Great Work! Thanks for Making More Happen!!!!

Lisa Fazio
13 days ago

Awesome!

Erica Mani
13 days ago

Thank you Katie Luckini and Davis Insurance Group for all you do to support the mission of the American Red Cross!

Scott Smith
13 days ago

Awesome!!

Angela D Akers
13 days ago

Way to go Team

Adam
13 days ago

Thank you Davis Ins. Group!!!!

Jesse Hott
13 days ago

Great job, and thank you for the support!

Ben Wilson
13 days ago

Thank you Davis Insurance Group.

Jennifer Jett-Prezkop
13 days ago

This is great!

Jane Evans
13 days ago

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross.

Robert Ellison
13 days ago

I’ll vote for this. Keep up the good work!

LOIS MILLER
13 days ago

Awesome

Kathy Trenum
13 days ago

Go Team Go!

Jessie K
13 days ago

Thank you for your continued support and community engagement!

Gina Perry
13 days ago

Great Work!!!

Emily
13 days ago

Great job!!

Lauren Thomas
13 days ago

Thank you for all you do Katie!

Samantha
13 days ago

Great Work guys!!

Rusty Davis
13 days ago

We are so proud of the work that Katie does. She pours her heart into this great organization.

S.McIe
13 days ago

Worthy cause indeed!!

Tyler Davis
13 days ago

Very Excited for this campaign!

Susan Shew
13 days ago

Thank you to Davis Insurance Group for supporting the Red Cross!

Richard Fox
13 days ago

Thank you so much!

Terri Mehling
13 days ago

So thankful for all these sponsors! Hoping we can double the amount!

Ra Lene Henthorn
13 days ago

Thank you Davis Ins Group for your support of the American Red Cross!

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