“I figured if we could make it easy by having it on-site, we might get more people involved,” said Amanda Field, Graphic Artist at Monroe Truck Equipment’s headquarters in Monroe, WI.
Amanda spearheaded the initiative because the cause is one that is close to her heart; at one point, donated blood saved her life. Amanda was born with an RH incompatibility and required a blood transfusion shortly after birth. Unlike many recipients, Amanda actually had the opportunity to meet her donor.
“In a small community like ours, it wasn’t that surprising. He was a friend of my grandfather’s,” said Amanda. Through her grandfather, she was introduced to her donor, Gottlieb Brändli. They stayed in touch throughout her life until he passed away. “He hand-carved a Christmas ornament for my daughter when she was born that will always have a special place on my tree,” said Amanda.