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Local Entrepreneur Kindles Season of Giving

Mayor declares December 10th "John Schmitt Day" in Cuyahoga Falls.Prompting an early start to the season of giving, hundreds of area patients received the gift of life from blood donations collected during a recent Red Cross blood drive at the Natatorium. For their efforts, 148 presenting donors received a coupon for a free, six-inch SUBWAY® sandwich.

John Schmitt, manager of the Natatorium Subway® and a kidney-transplant recipient, knows first-hand the need for blood donations. He was the sponsor of this delicious incentive. Although he is not permitted to donate blood, Schmitt encouraged the assembled crowd to support the Red Cross, whether through blood or monetary donations or the gift of volunteer work. "I'm committed to sponsoring two blood drives each year at the Natatorium," Schmitt explained. By doing so, he hopes to produce the largest turnout for any blood drive in the history of Cuyahoga Falls. The October blood drive exceeded its goal by more than 16% and, more importantly, encouraged 12 first-time donors to donate blood.

On Monday, December 10th, the Northern Ohio Red Cross recognized Schmitt for his generosity. Vikki Chapman, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative, thanked Schmitt for his "valued partnership in the life-saving mission of the Red Cross" and presented him with a framed certificate of appreciation. "John Schmitt is truly an example of how one person can make such a big difference in the lives of so many. The October blood drive yielded 129 pints of blood. 387 patients in Northeast Ohio benefited from that drive alone. We are truly grateful for people like John and all the dedicated donors in Cuyahoga Falls."

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor, Don Robart, issued a proclamation praising the local SUBWAY® franchise manager and his family, who generously give back to the community. "This is the third blood drive where John Schmitt has donated sub-sandwich coupons. It's a great example of his commitment to community service in Cuyahoga Falls."

Pictured from left to right are Mayor Don Robart, Vikki Chapman, John Schmitt, Alice Schmitt and Jay Schmitt. Alice, Schmitt's wife and his son, Jay, work with Schmitt to manage the SUBWAY® franchise.
Last changed 07/20/2011 - 4:00pm by petron@cityofcf