Personal chef Stacey Sullivan has been scrambling eggs and flipping pancakes every Saturday morning at Lane Blood Center for the past five years.
Donors with appointments between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturdays are treated to Stacey’s amazing muffins, breads, fruit salad, turkey sausage and flapjacks each week. The coffee is bottomless, and the company warm.
“You come to know pretty much everybody,” Stacey says of Saturday mornings at 2211 Willamette St. “It’s a real social thing between donors and staff. We get lots of families who come in and donate together, and some kids get excited to turn 16 so they can start giving blood, too.”
Katie and Abby Moorhead were noncommittal about their potential as future donors during a recent Saturday breakfast — they shrugged and giggled when asked if they planned to give blood when they turn 16. At 10 and 9 respectively, they have plenty of time to think it over. They were concerned instead with getting their hands on some of Stacey’s fresh pancakes while their parents donated blood side-by-side around the corner.
“It’s easy on Saturday morning,” says Chris Moorhead, the girls’ father. “We get to donate together and bring the girls.”
Chris and Cassy Moorhead first came to Saturday Breakfast at the urging of one of Chris’ coworkers at the Springfield Public Works Department and they just never stopped. They don’t come every eight weeks, but when they do have appointments, they usually opt for a Saturday.
“There are different ways to give back,” Cassy says, “and this is ours.”
Lane Blood suspended the Saturday Breakfast for a few months in 2014, but brought it back in January due to popular demand. So Stacey is back at the grill, ready to whip up your favorites.
Saturday Breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon. Please call 541-484-9111 or visit laneblood.org to make an appointment. To be eligible to donate you must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and have eaten a meal with protein within four hours of your donation.