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Blood drive held in memory of former Osseo-Fairchild School Superintendent

North Central

March 7, 2013
 

OSSEO, Wis. — On March 27, the Osseo-Fairchild community can roll up their sleeves and donate blood to honor the memory of Dennis Geissler, former Osseo-Fairchild School Superintendent. In addition, two blood drives in Colfax scheduled later this summer will be held in memory of Geissler, who spent his entire career dedicated to giving back to his community and the education of area youth.

The second oldest of 10 children, Geissler learned from his mother the importance of education. In fact, many of his siblings have also pursued careers in education. Geissler began as a middle school math teacher and vice principal at McFarland Elementary School. This was followed by 14 years in the Colfax School District as principal of the elementary and middle school and principal of the high school. He retired after serving as superintendent of the district. After just six months of retirement, he was called upon to become the superintendent of the Osseo-Fairchild School District.

“My father was dedicated to all of the communities he served and always saw the good in people – he was more like a friend and mentor rather than an authority figure. He empowered his students to always do their best and many of them credit my father with encouraging them to continue their education,” said Erin Flug-Geissler, Geissler’s oldest daughter. “He would be honored community members and students would remember him through the selfless act of donating blood. Our family is grateful that through his death he can continue to give back to the community he loved.”

During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community. “Because Dennis was so compassionate about giving back to the community and blood donation, it’s very fitting that the community will have the opportunity to honor this Everyday Hero by donating blood in his memory.  This is a great opportunity for others to give the gift of life,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO, North Central Blood Services Region.

Blood drives in memory of Dennis Geissler:
March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Osseo-Fairchild High School, 50851 E. Street, Osseo, Wis.
June 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at Colfax High School, 601 University Ave., Colfax, Wis.
August 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at Colfax High School, 601 University Ave., Colfax, Wis.

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply. Currently, there is a more urgent need for types O negative, B negative and A negative, as patients’ needs are outpacing donations at this time. In the hour it takes to donate blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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