Volunteer Bright Spot Recognition

S. SheltonSasha Leah Shelton is a wonderful 23-year-old who works full-time as a certified massage therapist. She began volunteering with Oklahoma Blood Institute at the Lawton Donor Center and Texas Blood Institute at the Wichita Falls Donor Center to fulfill her community service commitment for national pageant titles.  Miss Shelton currently holds the “Today’s American Woman National Miss 2013” and “Today’s American Woman Miss Oklahoma 2013” titles. Some of her past titles are “Miss Elite USA Oklahoma 2012”, “Miss Black Stephens County 2008”, “Miss Stephens County Teen Congeniality 2006”, and “Miss Stephens County Free Fair Junior miss 2005”.

Sasha has become our “on-call” volunteer. With her busy life that includes her full-time job, pageants and volunteering at numerous places, she could not have a set volunteer schedule. However, she does not let that stop her from donating her time to us. Since the summer of 2013, she has donated hundreds of hours to both the Lawton and the Wichita Falls territories. She has volunteered during Pre-Memorial Day and Pre-Labor Day, health expos, marrow events and blood drive events posing as OBIE. 

During our critical blood emergencies this winter, she fought the snow to get to the center where she volunteered at our receptionist desk, assisted with reminder calls for blood drives, and assisting in notifying donors what drives were still scheduled.  She volunteers her time to help with numerous special events to include helping decorate for the Lawton and Wichita Falls Christmas party as well as helping prep for other important meetings.  She has participated with Nikki, the Lawton and Wichita Falls Volunteer Coordinator, in parades to promote OBI, and last but not least she represented OBI with Nikki at the Fort Sill Special Olympics this spring. 

As the official “on-call” volunteer of Lawton and Wichita Falls there is no task that is too big or too small for Sasha. She doesn’t hesitate to step up to the plate when needed. She has gone above and beyond her pageant commitments, yet, still wants to give time because she believes in our life-saving mission! She might not fit in the box of a traditional volunteer, but she is a truly unique one. She is definitely one of our wonderful bright spots here and a ray of sunshine whenever she gives time with us.

2013 Volunteer Appreciation Event

We were please to recognize the hard work and dedication shown by our volunteers. Some of the projects these volunteers helped with were serving as blood drive coordinators and thank you crew at mobile blood drives, registering donors at donor centers, labeling blood bags, calling donors and assisting staff to ensure donors have a positive experience.

“Our organization would not thrive without these individuals who selflessly go above and beyond by volunteering alongside our staff,” said John Armitage, M.D., CEO and president of OBI. “We honor them to express our deepest gratitude for their service.”

Volunteer appreciation event
Volunteer appreciation event

Volunteers Honored

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~Elizabeth Andrew

Volunteers at the Blood Institute are the ‘heart’ of our organization. All are important in achieving our mission. Vivian Umiah was recently named the 2012 Wichita Falls Volunteer of the Year.  Congratulations, Vivian!

pictured-Vivian Umiah, Volunteer of the Year with Mark Patterson, vice president

2011 Volunteer Appreciation Event

The many wonderful volunteers who make our organization successful through the gift of valuable time are recognized during appreciation events. The following were recently honored for their outstanding commitment and service.



Lori Page, Volunteer of the Year, has served as the dedicated drive coordinator for the North Texas State Hospital blood drives. She has volunteered for more than six years in many roles.






Aerin Coats, Student Volunteer of the Year, is a committed volunteer and blood donor who has also demonstrated leadership at Electra High School blood drives. Even on the day of the appreciation event, she insisted on donating blood at a drive in her community.


Volunteer Shines in the Lone Star State

Nicole Monk - TBI volunteerWhen Nicole Monk first donated blood in June 2010, she quickly became interested in giving her time as well to assist in the lifesaving mission of Texas Blood Institute (TBI).

With a heart as big as her home state, Nicole finds time to regularly volunteer for the Wichita Falls donor center while attending Midwestern State University as a full-time student and working full time as well. Her volunteer duties have included representing TBI at health fairs, answering the phone and making donor reminder calls.

“Nicole has been a tremendous asset to our volunteer team and has gone above and beyond to support our mission” said Esther Hunter, volunteer services coordinator. “Her positive attitude and willingness to serve our community are greatly appreciated.”


To volunteer, call Nikki Beverly, 580-353-6451or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bob Grant