Blood Drive poster, 2015 Annual Conference
Courtesy of OneBlood, Tampa, FL

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Jane Yount 
July 8, 2015

This year’s blood drive at Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla. will honor the late R. Jan Thompson’s many contributions to the Church of the Brethren’s disaster ministries.

Being an “idea guy,” Jan started the blood drive at Annual Conference in 1984 after hearing on the radio that there was a blood shortage. That first drive was supposed to be for just one day, but Jan recalled last year that “we had so many donors that the Red Cross workers volunteered for a 2nd day, and I think the draw was 175 units.” The total for both days was 306.

Jan was the first full-time director for Brethren Disaster Ministries (formerly the Refugee/Disaster Program) from 1978 until 1987. He also envisioned and spearheaded what is now Children's Disaster Services. He passed away on January 12, 2015.

Register early for the 2015 Blood Drive!

Monday, July 13 & Tuesday, July 14
8:00 am-5:00 pm
2nd Floor East Wing of the Conference Center

Make an appointment online at and use sponsor code # 28066 or sign up at the Blood Drive registration table on the 2nd Floor East Wing mezzanine.