Red Cross blood drive hosted in memory of Missouri church members
Blood drive coordinator honors mother and husband’s lives with blood drive
LAMAR, Mo. (June 2, 2014) — A life well lived is something to celebrate, and the Lamar community is invited to help an American Red Cross blood drive coordinator honor the memories of her husband and mother by helping save the lives of others at a blood drive on June 16.
Sandra Garringer Bean now serves as the Lamar First Baptist Church blood drive coordinator, following in the steps of her mother, Beverley Garringer.
Garringer was not only involved in planning and hosting blood drives, but she also served as the director of the Barton County American Red Cross Disaster Services, past Worthy Matron and District Deputy of the Order of Eastern Star and Mother Advisor for Rainbows. For the past six years, she worked as a cashier at Silver Dollar City, greeting families with smiles and laughter.
She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1933 and married the love of her life, Junior Garringer, in Aurora, Missouri, in 1951. They called Lamar home for 57 years, developing the Bible Drill program and volunteering at Baptist Hill Church Camp for several years. Beverly Garringer passed away in November 2013.
Shaun Bean and Sandra met during a “trust exercise” in drama class at Lamar High School. He later married his high school sweetheart in 1979. Shaun was dedicated to helping others. After graduating from Missouri Southern, he worked as an EMT. Shaun also was a volunteer firefighter for the Liberal Fire Department, as well as a volunteer on the Search and Rescue Team for Barton and Vernon counties. Shaun passed away on Jan. 2, 2014, at the age of 52.
Give blood in memory of Beverley Garringer and Shaun Bean:
Monday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1301 E. Sixth St., in Lamar
“Giving blood in honor of those who make lasting contributions to communities is often a way to continue their legacies of giving,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Blood donations can help change and even save lives. And it has to be a gift that’s freely given; it has to be someone willing to do that for another person.”
This blood drive to honor Garringer and Bean comes at an important time for the Red Cross. During the summer months, blood donations often decline. Heat, school being in recess and families’ summer vacations often prevent people from donating. But patients aren’t able to take a summer break from needing blood.
All eligible donors are encouraged to give, especially those with blood types O negative and positive, A negative and B negative. Someone in the U.S. needs blood about every two seconds, and those blood donations can be used to help cancer patients, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and accident victims.
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 Missouri), 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.