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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Rodney "Packy" Mitchell)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
He's the familiar voice announcing sports at Tate High School.
His is a familiar face officiating games at the Miracle League for Children with Disabilities.
What he does quietly, behind the scenes is what makes this man an Angel in our Midst.

Rodney "Packy" Mitchell, 100 -gallon Blood Donor;  "My mom was sick when I was in high school and my dad would go do blood donations for her and other people and when I became of age, at 17 at Tate, I started giving."

Rodney Mitchell, known to most of us as "Packy," has been donating blood for more than 30 years.  It is a part of his routine and one that he always makes time for because it's important.  Simply, it's a matter of life or death.

"It's a God given blessing to be able to do it, you know. There's no man-made blood.  So, if people out there would understand that and realize that.  There'll come a time when you or your family will need it.  Somebody needs to be there for you."

 Packy wrote a poem that he hopes will hit home. At any moment, any one of us could be the one in need.

"Your parents enjoying an evening at home
Laughing and loving as they always do
One's heart stops beating, a life on the line
My question is 'who'll be there for you?'"

After years of donating whole blood, Packy now primarily donates platelets.  That's a commitment every two weeks that takes a little more of his time.  A little time, for a lifetime.

"Your latest grandchild finally arrives
You celebrate the beginning of life so new
Suddenly complications arise and surgery is needed
My question is 'who'll be there for you?'"

To date, Packy Mitchell has donated more than 100 gallons of blood.  Still, there's a never ending need.  We never know when life's uncertainties will strike.

"Your children playing with the neighbor's kids
Happy go lucky under skies so blue
One stumbles through your back glass door
My question is 'who'll be there for you?'"

"The radio ad pleads for blood donations
Our blood bank supplies are all but gone through"

"TV'll put it on, radio stations; there's an urgent need and people gotta respond to that.  But, we really should more; not have to be begged and pleaded with to come in."

"When tragedy strikes your family and friends
My question is 'who'll be there for you?'"

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.Angels in our Midst (Rodney "Packy" Mitchell)

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