Department of Highways, District 10
District 10 Employees Show "Unbridled Spirit" Through Blood Donations

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 17, 2006) -- Employees of the Department of Highways District 10, based in Jackson, always show their "Unbridled Spirit" when it comes to giving the gift of life and donating blood.

In partnership with the Central Kentucky Blood Center, District 10 sponsors several blood drives each year at the district office. These drives usually draw employees from facilities in each of the district's 10 counties -- Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe -- as well as district office personnel.

In 2005, District 10 employee donations totaled 3 percent more units of blood than during the previous year.

"Your involvement and the involvement of those around you have saved many lives over this past year," Russ Cassady, donor recruitment specialist for the Central Kentucky Blood Center, recently told District 10 employees. "2005 was a successful year for Central Kentucky Blood Center and a lot of that success rests solely on the shoulders of groups like yours, who volunteer time and the precious resource of blood to save others who you will likely never meet."

"The Commonwealth of Kentucky has always encouraged blood donation by its employees, and District 10 is pleased to help with this worthwhile effort," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer. "Our employees have always been quick to volunteer for community efforts and this is just one more example of our workforce's civic-mindedness. We're thrilled that our blood donations last year increased over 2004, and we hope that we can experience another increase in 2006. We're honored to partner with the CKBC in this vital work."

"Sherry Wright in the Operations Branch in our district office works hard to coordinate our blood drives. We appreciate her efforts and we know that CKBC is grateful for them too," Wagner-Justice added.

For more information on blood donation, visit CKBC's Web site at