Giving the Gift of Life

Within the Tri-Cities region, the Kingsport Mill is the largest sponsor of the MARSH Regional Blood Center. Since 2009, MARSH has offered a bloodmobile center onsite for convenient donations. In eight years, the Kingsport family has donated over 1,650 pints of blood. In March, long-time employee Johnny Kilgore received a 5-gallon pin at the award luncheon. Another employee, Bill Lawson, has donated every year since he started working for the Kingsport Mill 50 years ago.

Lawson donates blood to people in the community, but also directly to friends and family who have blood disorders. “I don’t have a million dollars to give, but giving life back to someone is priceless,” he said.

– Elyse Batista