30 Gallon Donation Cause for Celebration at Junction City Community Blood Drive - April 26-27, 2012
April 26, will be a very special day for Harold Facklam, 82, long-time Junction City resident. It marks the 240th time he will give blood at an American Red Cross blood drive.
Like Facklam has done many times before, he will go to the Junction City Community Drive, check in and go through health history. Then he will roll up his sleeve for the 240th time and donate another pint to the Red Cross.
Amazingly, Facklam’s donations add up to 30 gallons worth of blood. This means, over the years his blood donations may have helped up to 720 hospital patients throughout Kansas.
“I’ve never needed blood, but I know how important it can be,” said Facklam. “A lot of people can’t give, so I want to do my part.”
A Teacher for Life
Facklam graduated from high school just as World War II was coming to an end. “There was a shortage of teachers after the war, so I went right to work in the same one-room school I’d attended.” When his own sister was in 8th grade, he even had her as a student. Facklam went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but spent his teaching career mainly working with 5th graders at Ft. Riley. In addition to teaching, he farmed too.
Facklam still remembers the first time he gave blood, “It was January 1951 and I was 21 years old. My dad was very excited about giving and he took me with him,” said Facklam.
And he’s made a habit of giving blood ever since. Facklam says he has always donates at the Junction City blood drive. He has missed a few times when he was traveling, but he made up the donations at the Ft. Riley drives. “Reaching 30 gallons has been great motivation to me.”
In retirement, Facklam and his wife Venice have done “lots of traveling.” Two years ago they drove to North Dakota because it was the last state they hadn’t been to. Now they can say they’ve been to all 50 states.
Together, they enjoy working in the garden and spending time with family including their 11 great-grand children. “Family is so important to us,” added Facklam.
“We are very lucky to have dedicated donors like Harold,” said Kristi Ingalls, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative. “He makes it a point to give every time Red Cross is Junction City. His regular donations are much appreciated.”
The Junction City Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Junction City Municipal Building, 700 N. Jefferson.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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