Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region
January 6, 2010
Portland, Ore. – Since 1976, the Weiss-Parker family has been donating blood as a way to kick-off the New Year. On January 2, 2010, about fifteen people from the family donated blood together at the American Red Cross Portland Donor Center, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave. Portland, OR 97227.
The late Morris Weiss inspired the annual practice. Morris was a passionate supporter of Red Cross and donated twenty-two gallons of blood during his lifetime. The tradition of a "Living New Year Resolution" has grown to a multi-generational event. Sam Weiss, son of Morris, now oversees the coordination of the annual blood donations. Tim Parker, a US Postal Service Carrier (grandson of Morris) reached 21 gallons of donated blood during Saturday's drive and with continued donations he will break his Grandfather's record soon.
Sam Weiss would like to see other families start a tradition of their own. Donating blood at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Blood, Bone Marrow and Donor Registry Drive is a great place to start. Anyone who is interested in donating blood can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
January Special Events include a Latino Community Sponsored Blood Drive on January 16, 2010 from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Portland Donor Center and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Blood, Bone Marrow and Donor Registry Drive on January 23, 2010 from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Portland Donor Center.