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ARDMORE, OK -- Just two days from the anniversary of his death, family members of a fallen Ardmore soldier are honoring his legacy of giving to others.

Family members of Michael Phillips, more affectionately known as Pokey, say his mission in life was to help and give to others.

"My son gave blood all through high school from the time he was 16 years old and allowed to," said Angelia Phillips, Michael's mother.

It's why his mother and family along with the Southern Oklahoma Blood Institute hold an annual blood drive in his name.

Pokey passed away after an IED exploded while he was on patrol in Iraq on February 24, 2008.

"This one is special because it's in honor of a local, not only a local fallen hero but  a local blood donor," said Tessa Green, Blood Program Consultant.

Those who stopped by to donate blood say it made them reflect and think of their own families.

"If I can help somebody help save their life it means as much to me as if somebody was to save my family's life," said Whitney Owens, a blood donor.

On Saturday, just two days away from the anniversary of Michael's death, organizers at the drive set a goal of 30 donations.

The blood institute says the state of Oklahoma uses 700 units of blood every day and every bit helps.

With a need like that, Angelia couldn't think of a better way for Pokey to continue to help others.

"I made up my mind years ago I would not wallow in the grief but instead try and celebrate my son's life by doing the things he loved and continuing his legacy of giving to others," said Phillips.

Green says 49 people came out to the blood drive an met its goal today with 31 units successfully donated.