Mary Curtis, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Mary Curtis, Employee Recipient

When Mary first donated blood as a 17-year-old she learned that she had a rare blood type, and the only one that can be given to infants or children in intensive care or during surgeries. It was then that she committed to becoming a regular donor and is a member of the Red Cross’ Heroes for Babies.

As a regular blood donor, Mary is at donation sites frequently and now considers the employees at the Red Cross donation center her friends. Because she believes so strongly in the importance of being a blood donor she has encouraged her friends and family to donate and is an advocate to everyone she meets. 

Mary is also a regular volunteer at 99.5 The River’s annual Pay Less for the Dress, an event where donated formal dresses are sold to women and girls for just $9.95 or less so wedding and prom dresses are affordable for everyone. She remembers watching a young girl find her dream prom dress and another woman find her wedding dress and says those moments had an impact and she was grateful to have been part of their joy. 

In addition to her commitment to the American Red Cross and Pay Less for the Dress, Mary has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake and SEFCU’s Monopoly® Tournament.