Red Cross to celebrate Doniphan-Trumbull High School blood drive coordinator
March 10, 2014
DONIPHAN, Neb. — The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things. March is Red Cross Month, a great time to celebrate and recognize everyday heroes in the community like Mary Ann Hanson, who has been coordinating blood drives for the past 20 years at Doniphan-Trumbull High School.
Hanson, a home economics teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America adviser, will retire at the end of the school year after 33 years teaching at Doniphan-Trumbull Schools. On March 12, she will host her final high school blood drive, and her students and the Red Cross are celebrating her.
“Mrs. Hanson is one of those people who go above and beyond to support the mission of the Red Cross,” said Julie Schuppan, donor recruitment representative, Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “During the last two decades, by serving as a blood drive coordinator, Mrs. Hanson has not only touched the lives of countless patients, she has also inspired so many students to make their first blood donations and become regular donors.”
During the blood drive, Hanson’s FCCLA students plan to create a party-like atmosphere and the Red Cross will recognize Hanson for her lifesaving contributions. Additionally, Hanson plans to commerate 20 years of hosting blood drives by involving donors in the celebration. For example, the 20th donor of the day will receive a Red Cross appreciation item.
The Red Cross invites community members to celebrate Hanson and discover their inner hero this month by giving blood at the Doniphan-Trumbull High School Blood Drive on March 12.
Doniphan-Trumbull High School Blood Drive
March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Doniphan-Trumbull High School, east gym, 302 Plum St. in Doniphan.
Hanson proves that it doesn’t take a cape, super powers or a secret identity to be a hero. Everyday heroes enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters, both large and small, here and around the world; help members of the military; provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and teach lifesaving skills.
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 @RedCross.