Blood drive in memory of Greg Honeywell set for Kingsford
KINGSFORD, Mich. (Nov. 23, 2013) — Residents of Kingsford and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to give the gift of life Dec. 17 by donating blood to the American Red Cross in remembrance of Iron Mountain resident Greg Honeywell.
Iron Mountain Community Blood Drive
Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford, Mich.
A volunteer with the Red Cross as a blood drive coordinator, Honeywell, 56, died in October. Honeywell became inspired to join the Red Cross after flying over the destruction caused by a massive tornado in 2007 in Greensburg, Kan. From the skies, he noticed a long line of Red Cross vehicles filtering into the disaster zone, and three years later, he was coordinating his first Red Cross blood drive. Honeywell coordinated several blood drives a year, often working with local businesses to ensure their employees were given time off to donate blood.
“I never want to get paid for something like this,” Honeywell said in March. “I get all the reward I need when I see people leaving that feel like they’ve done something to make a difference.”
The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of hospital patients in Michigan and across the country. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive and negative.
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.