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Donate blood in memory of longtime Red Cross volunteer Pattye Wells

Central Plains Blood Services Region

December 26, 2013
 

News Release

Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP                     redcrossblood.org

 

Donate blood in memory of longtime Red Cross volunteer Pattye Wells

Chanute community blood drive Jan. 2-3

 

CHANUTE, Kan. (Dec. 26, 2013) — Pattye Wells was an active community member in Chanute, Kan. Following a career in retail sales, she continued her commitment to helping others by volunteering at American Red Cross blood drives.

 

Citizens of Chanute are invited to donate blood in her memory during the Chanute community blood drive Jan. 2-3 at Central Park Pavilion, 101 S. Forest St.

 

Pattye couldn’t donate due to medications she was taking so this was her way of giving back to the community, said her daughter, Debbie Cox, who is also a Red Cross donor recruitment representative.

 

“She always has been active in the community,” Cox said. “This was her way of staying involved. She would be very pleased that we’re doing this drive in her name.”

 

The Red Cross hopes to collect 114 pints of blood during the two-day blood drive. Because each pint of blood can help save up to three lives, up to 342 patients could benefit.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Jan. 2 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Central Park Pavilion, 101 S. Forest St., Chanute

Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Park Pavilion, 101 S. Forest St., Chanute

To make an appointment, call (620) 431-9271. Walk-ins are also welcome.

 

Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is simply no substitute.

 

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 Kansas), 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.

 

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