Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Co-workers honor Spring Hill volunteer with a blood drive

SPRING HILL — Elsie Taylor took it as her mission to promote blood donations. Last year, the volunteer organizer led a drive that netted 36 units of blood that helped save 108 lives in Hernando County, blood bank records show.

It was her 11th, and final, blood drive. Taylor died Feb. 20 at age 72 after a three-year battle with several cancers.

Her mission, however, will continue, thanks to her friends and coworkers at H & R Block, where she worked for 21 years at the agency's office at Mariner Crossing, 4203 Mariner Blvd.

The Elsie Taylor Memorial Blood Drive to benefit LifeSouth Community Blood Center will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mariner Crossing location. Organizers hope it will become an annual event,

Taylor first helped to organize a blood drive at her church, First Methodist on Spring Hill Drive, said H & R marketing director Linda McCabe. When she learned that a donation there saved a baby's life, she was hooked.

So, she organized blood donation drives at her place of business, and corporate and employees signed on to the effort. "It became so important to the community," said McCabe. "She was an advocate of blood services."

At Tuesday's drive, an additional bus will be available and refreshments will be offered.

"Elsie was a lifelong believer in the true gift of life, donating blood,'' said McCabe. "She organized countless blood drives, and although she could no longer donate due to her being stricken with leukemia, Elsie continued to advocate the need to whomever would listen.

"The blood drives we (H & R Block) have held over the past several years have netted hundreds of pints of blood, all due to Elsie's relentless dedication," she said.

H & R Block employees were so taken up in Taylor's devotion to community health that it led to Diaper Drive for the Healthy Start Coalition, donating diapers to mothers who can't afford them. Last year, the local effort collected and gave away 3,800 diapers, McCabe said.

"Elsie was so wide-reaching, so wide-giving,'' she said. "She had more gumption than anyone I'd ever met."

Beth Gray can be contacted at

Co-workers honor Spring Hill volunteer with a blood drive 04/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 12:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  2. Diaz, Taddeo win easily in special Miami Senate primaries


    Two Miami state Senate candidates who raised and spent the most in their respective primaries — Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz and Democratic businesswoman Annette Taddeo — notched easy victories in a special election Tuesday night.

    Republican candidate Jose Felix Diaz is surrounded by supporters after he won the primary for Florida’s Senate District 40 race. Democrat Annette Taddeo, right, celebrates her victory with supporter Venus Lovely at BJ’s Restaurant in The Falls.
  3. In live debate, Kriseman and Baker ask St. Pete: Is the city better off?



    Mayoral candidates Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker made their best pitch to voters in front of a live television audience on Tuesday night. The candidates essentially asked this: Is the city better off now than it was four years ago?

    Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker debate in front of a live television audience during the City of St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Tuesday evening. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  4. Romano: It all comes down to sewage in this mayoral race

    Local Government

    Well, poop.

    Nothing else really matters, does it?

    Schools, economic development, public safety? Pfft. The Rays stadium, affordable housing, the pier? Ack. When it comes to the St. Petersburg mayoral election, sewage is the yin, the yang and the yuck.

    At Tuesday’s debate, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman said responsibility lies on him regarding the sewage crisis.
  5. Shooting sends man to hospital in St. Pete


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police were investigating a shooting that occurred around 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday and sent a man to the hospital.