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Volunteer Spotlight - Mae Gribble

You can probably count on one hand the number of people you’ve met in your personal or professional life that leave a sense of awe in their wake. The type of person who emulates positivity, has a willingness to dig deep for others, and conducts themselves in an honorable fashion.

Traverse City volunteer, Mae Gribble, is one of those individuals. Mae spent her career serving others as a nurse at the Traverse City Psychiatric Hospital, before retiring in 1984. You might think after retirement, she would withdraw a bit to focus on her own needs or wants, but not Mae. She forged on and became a volunteer with the Pavilions, a local extended care facility.

Mae’s first experience with Michigan Blood came while volunteering for a blood drive at her church. That was over 10 years ago and Mae has been part of the Michigan Blood family ever since.

When asked what keeps her motivated, Mae says it’s the interesting people she meets.

“Our donors are so compassionate and giving,” says Mae. “To donate blood is to give life, there is no alternative. If I wasn’t so busy, I would volunteer everyday!”