Minutes before the nurse called his name, Carman White examined the sheet of questions in his hand.
"I've got to fill in all this," said the Kamloops man, as he ran his index finger down the list.
"'Are you feeling well today?' . . . 'Have you had any medicine?' . . . 'Have you had any surgery in the last six months?'"
The questionnaire was no surprise to White. After all, he could probably recite it from memory.
You could, too, if you had seen it as many times as he had.
On Tuesday, the 79-year-old Kamloops man donated his 175th pint of blood to the Canadian Blood Services — a milestone donation by anyone's measure, but one that would have gone largely unnoticed if it were up to White.
"He doesn't do it for the recognition," said his wife, Diane, who was on hand at the blood clinic at Calvary Temple with daughter Sharlene Sharpe to mark the momentous occasion.
"He does it for the good of giving. That's just him."
For White, who was admittedly surprised when a Daily News crew approached him at the clinic, donating blood is a gift he happily gives about six times a year.
He has done it since he was a teenager, back in days when the Elks Hall on Seymour Street hosted clinics for the Red Cross.
He is not motivated by any personal tragedy, he said; no one in his family has needed a blood transfusion, so this isn't payback.
He simply gives because he can, because someone out there may need his blood one day and he's got it to give.
"It's something I can do, so I do it," said White.
His daughter jokes that it's the cookies that bring him back time and again. Those must be some mighty tasty Oreos because her dad has been known to schedule his holidays around clinic schedules, even going so far as to take time out during a visit to Vancouver to stop and give blood there.
"Are you going to Dracula's club today?" his wife teases him regularly.
But the ribbing is all in good fun. Both Diane and Sharlene are proud of his unfailing dedication to the blood donor program.
And on Tuesday, as they waited for White to contribute pint No. 175 they decided he deserved a special treat to mark the contribution — more than a couple of Oreos and a glass of juice.
"We're going to take him for a piece of pie at ABC," said Sharlene.
"How about that, Mom? Should we take Dad for some pie?"
Diane smiled in agreement.
"Oh, I think he'd like that very much," she said.