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Sugarcreek woman makes milestone donation

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DAYTON — Sugarcreek Township blood donor Deborah Kempf made her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Tuesday, Nov. 26 – two days before Thanksgiving – at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC).


“It seems like a perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving!” she said.


Deborah works as an engineer at Delphi.


“I started when it was GM in ’71 as co-op student of engineering,” she said.


With a crowd of 16 people to feed on Thanksgiving Day, if left little time to celebrate her milestone.


“We’ll have all the standbys,” she said, “Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn casserole and cranberry salad!”


Making her 100th donation was actually a moment of peace for Deborah, a chance to catch up with her Kindle, reading “The Lords of Discipline” by Pat Conroy, one of her favorite authors. She gives this work by Conroy a so-so review and a thumbs up to almost everything by Ken Follett, especially “Fall of Giants” and “Winter of the World.”


“I love historical fiction,” she said.


She’s just as dedicated to blood donations, especially a landmark donation at Thanksgiving time.


“I’ve been really blessed with good health,” said Deborah, “so I could be a blessing to others.”

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