'Humble and kind,' a legacy left behind
MEMPHIS, Mo. —
“Always stay humble and kind.” Those words from a Tim McGraw song hold even more weight on the heavy hearts who are donating blood.
A community is rolling up its sleeves in memory of Chester Robinson.
"The community came together as a family. It's just one big family," said Chester’s mother Patty Yardley.
"We were like brothers," said friend of Chester’s Kyle Childress.
Chester died in a car crash in 2016 shortly after graduating from Scotland County R-1. In his time there, he donated 2.5 gallons of blood.
"That's really impressive to give eight units of blood during your high school career. Especially since you really can't start giving blood until you're 16," said Local Blood Drive Director Dan Hite.
"He was always the first one to sign up, always the first one on the list when we had student led drives," said Scotland County R-1 high School Counselor Tina Fulk.
For his contributions, he was offered a scholarship from the American Red Cross, and now a blood drive in his name, continuing his work.
"A lot of people felt connected to Chester Robinson, and I think because he was so selfless and giving that that lives on in his memory," Fulk said.
There's been a surge in donors compared to other events.
"I’ve never done it before, but I decided I would try it, and since it is for Chester, I decided it would be a good thing to do for him," said Chester’s friend Stevie See.
"Always stay humble and kind, definitely still resonates with him. I still have that posted outside my office," Fulk said.
"He's still with us no matter what. He still in our hearts,” Yardley said.
“I don’t think you’ll ever find a person like him,” Fulk said.