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Red Cross to honor longtime Waco blood donor

Southwest Blood Services Region

March 4, 2014

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 – those who help their neighbors by giving blood, learning lifesaving skills, volunteering or making a financial contribution to the Red Cross.

Red Cross Month is observed in dedication of people like Arnold Kasberg who support the mission of the Red Cross. Kasberg is a Red Cross blood donor who first began donating blood in Waco in 1952. This 82-year-old continues to give because he enjoys helping others and has now donated 35 gallons of potentially lifesaving blood.

"I never had a reason not to donate,” said Mr. Kasberg. "I've been lucky enough to be healthy and I just kept on giving. It's the right thing to do."

Kasberg 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.

To kick off Red Cross Month and honor Kasberg’s legacy of giving, the Red Cross invites community members to donate blood in his honor at the Waco Red Cross Chapter on March 6.

Discover your inner hero this month,  make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).