Red Cross honoring longtime blood donor next week in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (June 19, 2014) — Longtime blood donor Robert Hollenbeck will be honored June 24 with the Hilary Lesperance Award during the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter’s annual volunteer recognition banquet at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of his first blood donation, Hollenbeck, 90, of Sheboygan Falls, has given 31 gallons with the Red Cross. Every pint of blood that’s given can help save up to three lives, meaning Hollenbeck’s donations could have potentially helped save up to 768 lives.
“It doesn’t hurt to give blood. In fact, I feel better when I get done,” said Hollenbeck, a World War II veteran who has volunteered out of the Red Cross office in Sheboygan for 23 years.
AMERICAN RED CROSS CELEBRATION OF SUPPORT
June 24 at 5 p.m.
1560 Main St., Green Bay, WI 54302
Donors of all blood types are needed to prevent a shortage during the summer, especially those with O negative, B negative and A negative. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. Over June, July and August, an average of two fewer people donate at each Red Cross blood drive than what’s needed by hospitals – that could add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations than normal. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they have to be constantly replenished.
The Red Cross, in conjunction with WBAY Channel 2 and 101 WIXX, is holding the 28th annual Super Donor Day Blood Drive from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 3 at Shopko Hall, at 1901 S. Oneida St. in Green Bay. Also, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. most Thursdays, the Red Cross has blood drives at its Sheboygan office, at 2032 Erie Ave. 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.
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.