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Family Urges Blood Donations After Son's Life was Saved

A family from Luzerne County is hoping their struggle will spur people to give the gift of life and save lives in the process.
A family from Luzerne County is hoping their struggle will spur you to action.

Three different blood drives were held across the region Wednesday in honor of Paxton Bleiler of Mountain Top.

His family says he is alive today because of generous blood donations.

The Bleiler family has stepped forward to share their store in order to show people how important blood donations are.

Paxton Bleiler may only be two years old but he is certainly a bundle of energy. He was the inspiration between the three blood drives in Scranton, Plains Township and Hazleton.

"You never know when you or one of your loved ones might need blood," Paxton's father Eric Bleiler said. "It's something that takes 20 minutes out of your day that you can help save a life."

Life wasn't always so easy for Paxton.

When his mother was 32 weeks pregnant, Paxton's blood supply seperated from his mother's blood supply. She had to have an emergency C-section and Paxton required a blood transfusion as soon as he was born.

"We were given a tremendous gift," Paxton's mother Heather Bleiler said. "Somebody out there donated and saved his life and we can't thank them enough and this is a way that we could give back."

Many people like Margaret Donahue heard about Paxton's story and were moved enough to donate.

"Seeing his picture with his mother in the paper just made it so special. It was just something I wanted to do," Donahue said.

Paxton's family is hoping their story helps highlight the importance of giving blood.

It saves lives.

"He's doing great. He's a very active two year old. He climbs on everything and is learning how to talk," Heather Bleiler said.

For those who donated, they say it is an easy process and worthwhile, especially after meeting Paxton.

"It doesn't take long. It doesn't hurt and you get cookies afterward!" Donahue said.

To find a blood drive near you, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Below are also a list of some upcoming blood drives locally:


Luzerne County

Thursday, January 9, 2014

St. Therese Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

64 Davis Street, Shavertown

 

Friday, January 10, 2014                               

Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                  

468 Northampton Street, Edwardsville

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014                           

Dallas American Legion

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

730 Memorial Highway, Dallas                                  

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014                           

Veteran Affairs Medical Center

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                    

1111 E End Center, Wilkes-Barre

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     

White Haven Center

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

827 Oley Valley Road, White Haven

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     

Jewish Community Center

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.                                  

60 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre                         

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014                          

Irem Temple Country Club

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                  

397 County Club Road, Dallas

 

Friday, January 17, 2014                               

109TH Field Artillery Battery B

12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                  

709 Main Street, Nanticoke

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Hazleton Chapter House

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                                  

165 Susquehanna Blvd, West Hazleton                                

Friday, January 24, 2014                               

The Laurel Mall

2:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                    

106 Laurel Mall Road, Hazle Township

 

Friday, January 24, 2014                               

Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                  

468 Northampton Street, Edwardsville

 

Monday, January 27, 2014                            

Penn State University – Graham Building

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                  

76 University Drive, Hazleton                         

 

Monday, January 27, 2014                            

Penn State University

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

Old Route 118, Lehman

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014                           

VFW Post #4909

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

403 Main Street, Dupont

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014                           

Wyoming Area High School

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                    

Memorial Avenue, Exeter                               

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014                                 

Luzerne County Community College

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.                                    

Prospect and Middle Road, Nanticoke

 

Friday, January 31, 2014                               

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                  

575 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre

 

Lackawanna County

Thursday, January 9, 2014                            

Moscow United Methodist Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

127 Church Street, Moscow

 

Friday, January 10, 2014                               

Clarks Summit United Methodist Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1310 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit

 

Friday, January 17, 2014                               

Valley View Elementary Center

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                    

901 Main Street, Peckville

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014                           

Fortis Institute

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

571 Ash Street, Scranton                              

 

Friday, January 24, 2014                               

Clarks Summit State Hospital Newton Hall

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                  

1451 Hillside Drive, Clarks Summit

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014                          

Keystone College Evans Hall

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

One College Green, La Plume

  

Columbia County

Monday, January 13, 2014                            

Emmanuel Bible Chapel

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                    

22 Kachinka Hollow Road, Berwick

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014                           

Columbia Mall

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

225 Columbia Mall Drive, Bloomsburg

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     

Millville United Methodist Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

State Street, Millville                           

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014                           

Columbia Mall

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

225 Columbia Mall Drive, Bloomsburg

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014                     

Northern Columbia Community and Culture

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                                    

42 Community Drive, Benton

 

Monday, January 27, 2014                            

Berwick Hospital Center

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

701 East 16th Street, Berwick           

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014                           

Columbia Mall

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

225 Columbia Mall Drive, Bloomsburg

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014                          

Central Columbia High School

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                                    

4777 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg                                   

 

Schuylkill County

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014                            

Jerusalem Lutheran Church

12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                                  

252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014                          

Good Shepherd Building

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

301 Heffner Street, Minersville

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014                     

Pine Grove Ambulance

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Spruce Street, Pine Grove

 

Monday, January 22, 2014                            

St. Johns United Church of Christ

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Pine and Biddle Streets, Tamaqua

 

Monroe County

 

Saturday, January 11, 2014                          

Pocono Medical Center

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

206 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     

YMCA

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                  

809 Main Street, Stroudsburg

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014                          

Jackson Township Fire Hall

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Route 715, Reeders

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014                          

Pocono Township Fire Hall

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

Rt. 611, Tannersville                          

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Shop Rite of Mount Pocono

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                                    

89 State Route 40, Mount Pocono

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014                          

Pocono Body Wellness Studio

1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1 Liberty Plaza, Pocono Lake

 

Saturday, January 25, 2014                          

Emerald Lakes Community Center

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                    

1802 Glade Drive, Long Pond

 

Monday, January 27, 2014                            

Paradise Stream

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

Rt. 940, Mount Pocono

 

Monday, January 27, 2014                            

Pocono Medical Center

12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                  

206 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg     

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014                     

Kunkletown Fire House

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Kunkletown Road, Kunkletown

 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014                     

Northampton Community College

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

3 Old Mill Road, Tannersville  

  

Lycoming County

 

Friday, January 10, 2014                               

Trout Run Fire Hall

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

241 Route 14 Highway, Trout Run

 

Saturday, January 11, 2014                          

Hepburn Baptist Church

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                  

2971 Pleasant View Road, Cogan Station

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014                           

Pennsylvania College of Technology

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                  

One College Avenue, Williamsport

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                                 

Muncy Masonic Lodge

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                  

28 Brummer Pond Road, Muncy                               

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                                 

Pennsylvania College of Technology

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                  

One College Avenue, Williamsport

 

Friday, January 17, 2014                               

Divine Providence Hospital

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1100 Grampain Blvd, Williamsport

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Montoursville Presbyterian Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

900 Elm Street, Montoursville

 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014                           

Trinity Episcopal Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

844 West 4th Street, Williamsport                             

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014                          

St. Anns Catholic Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1220 Northway Road, Williamsport

 

Friday, January 24, 2014                               

Panera Bread, LLC

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

202 Basin Street, Williamsport                                  

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014                           

Independent Fire Company

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

306 Clark Street, South Williamsport

 

 

Bradford County

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014                            

Craftmaster

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                  

Shiner Road, Towanda

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014                            

Microtel Inn and Suites

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1775 Elmira Street, Sayre

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014                          

Ridgebury Fire Hall

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

13248 Berwick Turnpike, Gillett

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

New Albany Fire Department

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Main Street, New Albany

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014                     

Wyalusing Fire Company

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

2nd Street, Wyalusing

 

Clinton County

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Mill Hall Church of Christ

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

205 Main Street, Mill Hall

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014                          

Woolrich Conference Center

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

4 Mill Street, Woolrich

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014                          

Lock Haven Emergency Medical Center

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

21 Liberty Street, Lock Haven

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014                          

Albright United Methodist Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

47 E Main Street, Loganton

 

Wayne County

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014                           

Grace Episcopal Church

12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                                  

827 Church Street, Honesdale

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014                     

Beach Lake Free Methodist Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

107 Milanville Road, Beach Lake

 

Friday, January 17, 2014                               

Hamlin Bingo

1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                                    

Route 590, Hamlin

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014                          

Northern Wayne Fire Department

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                  

1663 Crosstown Highway, Lakewood

 

Snyder County

 

Friday, January 10, 2014                               

Susquehanna Valley Mall

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

One Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove

 

Monday, January 13, 2014                            

Zion Lutheran Church of Kratzerville

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

4298 Route 204, Selinsgrove

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014                          

Fremont Fire Company

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

Mill Race Road, Mount Pleasant Mills

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014                     

Middleburg Moose #1229

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                  

235 Grand Street, Middleburg

 

Northumberland

 

Saturday, January 11, 2014                          

Special Occasions

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                                  

132 South Second Street, Sunbury

 

Monday, January 13, 2014                            

Himmels Lutheran Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1941 Schwaben Creek Road, Rebuck

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Community Mennonite Fellowship Church

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                  

2985 Broadway Road, Milton

 

Monday, January 20, 2014                            

Holy Angels Church

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

855 Scott Street, Kulpmont

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014                                 

Anthony Township Municipal Building

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                    

1295 White Hall Road, Turbotville

 

 

 

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