Blood Drives Earn Donation for Fairbury Rural Fire Department

The Fairbury Rural Fire Department was awarded $750 for the community’s participation in this year’s Nebraska Community Blood Bank Hometown Heroes blood drive campaign. With 61 units collected over the summer, the drives at JCH&L earned Hometown Heroes funds to support the departments rescue equipment.

The department averages about 30 rescue calls a year.

Nebraska Community Bloodbank is JCH&L’s blood supplier. A bloodmobile comes to JCH&L’s campus about every eight weeks. The next drive is set for Monday, Jan. 31.

Nebraska Community Bloodbank offers Hometown Heroes donation dollars to communities outside Lincoln and Omaha which host blood drives. Awards are allocated based on the total collections combined. Communities can direct up to $1,200 to a charity in their community.

Any community outside Lincoln and Omaha city limits is eligible to participate by hosting a blood drive in support of the Hometown Heroes campaign. There is no limit to the number of blood drives your community can hold. Awards will be allocated based on the total collections combined. • Based on the success of your community’s blood drive(s), you’ll have the opportunity to direct up to $1,200 toward funding a charity in your community. Awards may not be directed to the organization sponsoring the drive, nor used for a general fund. To get started, email us at or call 402-486-9414. Or visit NCBB.ORG/HEROES to learn more.

Learn more about our Hometown Heroes campaign at, email, or call 402-486-9414.

Cutline: Jami Kassebaum, assistant manager of donor recruitment with Nebraska Community Bloodbank presents a check for the Hometown Heroes program to the Fairbury Rural Fire Department. Receiving the donation are, from left, Jeff Bargar, rescue lieutenant; Barry Schwab, assistant chief personnel safety and equipment; and Judd Stewart, assistant chief operations. The funds will go to the rescue fund. The department averages about 30 rescue calls a year.