Red Cross blood drive March 11 in Guttenberg in memory of Red Cross blood drive coordinator
GUTTENBERG, Iowa (March 7, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive March 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg in memory of Donna Sadewasser, a longtime Red Cross blood drive coordinator who died in October of complications related to a stroke. Sadewasser volunteered as a Red Cross blood drive coordinator for more than 25 years, and she was a Sunday school teacher for more than 35 years at St. John’s.
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 15 in Iowa. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients, and donors with type AB blood are especially encouraged to give, as it’s a type possessed by only about 4 percent of the U.S. population.
WHAT: Donna Sadewasser Memorial Blood Drive
WHEN: March 11 from 1-6 p.m.
WHERE: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
203 Pearl St.
Guttenberg, IA 52052
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.