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Donate blood. Save a life.

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at 9:07 AM

I've always been a strong supporter of donating blood. I remember the first time I donated blood. I was a senior in high school and the blood drive was held in the home economics classroom at Shakamak High School. I was a little nervous as needles made me uneasy at that point, but I made it through the process and felt good about myself afterward.

As I've gotten older, I've continued to donate blood at various blood drives around the area. One particular blood drive, which will take place Oct. 10, has always been dear to my heart.

From 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 10 on in the parking lot of Criss Insurance in Jasonville, the 10th annual Jessica Hubbell Memorial blood drive will take place.

Jessica Hubbell, a member of the Shakamak High School Class of 2000, lost her life due to head injuries sustained in a car accident on Oct. 9, 1999. She was just 17 years old.

As I write this, so many wonderful memories of Jess and I are popping into my head. I could sit here and write thousands of words about the memories we made or the wonderful person Jess was. Simply put, she was one of the greatest friends I've ever had. I'm truly blessed to have had her as a friend. I'll never forget her.

Jess was a very outgoing person who touched the lives of many. This blood drive is one way those whose lives she touched can honor her memory.

I challenge all Shakamak High School graduates -- especially the Class of 2000 -- to donate blood on Oct. 10 in remembrance of Jess. If you don't live in the immediate area, please go to your local Indiana Blood Center to donate.

Another way her memory is being honored is through books.

Jess was an avid reader. I always remember her reading Danielle Steele books and trying to get me to read them as well. Her memory is also being honored at the Jasonville Public Library. In lieu of flowers at her funeral, the family asked that donations be given to the library. More than $3,000 was donated to the library. Those funds were put into a CD and books are purchased in her memory every year with interest accumulated from that fund.

Jess would truly be humbled to know that her memory is being honored in these ways.

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Nice job, Halea...Jess was lucky to have had a friend like you. I think of her often!

-- Posted by garfield on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 11:37 AM

T did not know Jessica Hubbell, but I to always give blood whenever there is one around. Another way to honor a loved ones life, is through organ donation. I am strong supporter of that as well, without it i would have lost my dad.

-- Posted by concerned mom 2 on Wed, Oct 7, 2009, at 7:51 PM

I'm a strong supporter of organ donation. An organ transplant saved my mother in law's life five years ago.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Thu, Oct 8, 2009, at 2:39 PM

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