Blood drive Feb. 28 in Wauzeka in memory of John Peloch
WAUZEKA, Wis. (Feb. 25, 2014) — The American Red Cross, in conjunction with the National Honor Society at Wauzeka-Steuben High School, is holding the fourth annual John Peloch Memorial Blood Drive on Feb. 28 at Wauzeka Village Hall. A 2002 Wauzeka-Steuben graduate, Peloch died of cancer in 2011, having received several blood transfusions during chemotherapy.
Snowstorms and freezing temperatures have forced the Red Cross to cancel 1,500 blood drives this year, resulting in 50,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients, and donors with types O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative are encouraged to give, as an urgent need remains for those types.
“Giving blood is an easy way to make a big difference,” said Heather Luster, a Red Cross volunteer blood drive coordinator and the NHS adviser at Wauzeka-Steuben. “Patients like John were able to spend more time with their loved ones because someone chose to donate.”
To make a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information about the blood drive, please contact Luster at 608-875-5311 (Ext. 270) or email@example.com.
WHAT: John Peloch Memorial Blood Drive
WHEN: Feb. 28 from 12-6 p.m.
WHERE: Wauzeka Village Hall
213 E. Front St.
Wauzeka, WI 53826
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.