Glenn’s to host blood drive Tuesday in memory of employee

May 7, 2019

HUNTINGTON — On any other day, the color green would be the focus for Glenn’s Sporting Goods store in Huntington — a well-known location to scoop up Marshall University apparel as well as a variety of other sporting goods. But on Tuesday, May 7, the store’s most important item will be red.

For the seventh consecutive year, Glenn’s Sporting Goods in downtown Huntington is sponsoring a blood drive at the local American Red Cross.

The drive will be held at 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd. from 12:30 to 6 p.m. To encourage participation, Glenn’s is giving away a limited supply of white Marshall T-shirts with the traditional block “M” logo featured on the front to those who donate blood.

Johnda Barker worked at Glenn’s for nearly a decade before she suddenly died due to a health condition in 2012.

That year, and in each year since her passing, Glenn’s has sponsored a blood drive at the American Red Cross in her memory. Retail supervisor Rhonda Cook said Barker was well revered around the store and community.

“She really was like a mother figure to everyone here at Glenn’s and she was always so into sports. We loved her dearly and miss her,” Cook said.

Cook said those at the store feel it’s important to take an active role in encouraging people to donate blood, as Barker received approximately 20 units of blood in effort to save her life after an aneurysm burst and eventually led to her death.

Those who donate can pick up their free T-shirt at Glenn’s after leaving the donation center and the offer can only be redeemed on Tuesday.

For more information, contact Glenn’s Sporting Goods by phone at 304-523-7766. To register to donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit redcross.org or simply walk in at the Donor Room in the American Red Cross Building.

Donors are encouraged to properly hydrate and eat a well balanced meal prior to their donation appointment.