Donate blood July 5 in memory of lifelong Ark City resident Jimmie Miller
Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-558-2428, @RedCrossBloodCP redcrossblood.org
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 28, 2013) — Lifelong Arkansas City resident Jimmie Miller made sure he never missed a blood donation opportunity. An avid donor, Miller scheduled multiple knee surgeries around his blood donation schedule and would travel to Wichita or Augusta just to make it to a blood drive. Before Miller died in 2012, he was one pint shy of reaching his 24-gallon milestone.
“Blood donation was something near and dear to his heart,” said daughter-in-law Cristi Miller, adding that Jimmie Miller even requested that his organs be donated after his death. “He was just all about helping people.”
At Jimmie’s funeral in February 2012, the Miller family asked people to give monetary or blood donations to the American Red Cross. Earlier this year, to memorialize Jimmie and help the Red Cross, Cristi Miller organized a Red Cross blood drive in Ark City.
“For somebody who was such a giver,” she said, “we thought this was a good thing.”
Donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood now to help avert a summer shortage. The Red Cross must collect about 17,000 blood donations every day to keep up with patient needs.
In Memory of Jimmie Miller blood drive:
July 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 206 W. Central, Arkansas City
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 @RedCrossBloodCP.