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Red Cross blood drive held in honor of Charles and Naomi Millner

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

January 29, 2014

WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. — Some people simply find ways to make a difference in their communities. Charles Millner and his wife Naomi exemplify that quality of caring and giving back. The United Methodist Church of Willow Springs is partnering with the American Red Cross to help save lives in their honor during a blood drive on Feb. 10, 2014.

The Millners have been active in the community since 1987. Charles served as the reverend of Willow Springs United Methodist Church for 10 years and continues to sing in the choir. Naomi has also served the church through her work on several committees, especially in mission work.

“They’ve also been very involved in the church’s blood drives,” said blood drive coordinator Joyce Barnes. “You’ll see them out early in the morning putting the signs in place, and they’re among the last to leave when the day is over. The couple is tireless and loving in their works with, and for, their fellow man.”

In 2012, Charles was chosen as the Missouri Health Care Association’s Volunteer of the Year for Missouri after being nominated by the Willow Care Nursing Home. Both he and Naomi have also received recognition as Man and Woman of the Year from the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce.

“The Red Cross relies on people who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to help make a difference in the lives of others,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “The small act of blood donation could make a big difference to someone in need in your community or across the country.”

Give blood in honor of Charles and Naomi Millner

Monday, Feb. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at Willow Springs United Methodist Church, 311 N. Harris St., Willow Springs, Mo.

Individuals can make a donation appointment by visiting or by calling Joyce Barnes at 417-469-2539.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.