PLATTEVILLE/HIGHLAND, Wis. (May 21, 2020) — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive in memory of Levi Linscheid Thursday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Army National Guard Armory, 475 N Water St, in Platteville and Friday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Anthony Philip Parish, 726 Main St, in Highland. Appointments are strongly encouraged to abide with social distancing guidelines.
In October. 2019, Highland native, Levi Linscheid, passed away in an automobile accident at the young age of 24. Levi lived his short life with the consistent philosophy of helping others. Levi Linscheid was a dedicated fitness trainer who is remembered for his unmatched kindness to everyone, his commitment to his career and his passion for health. He had a great respect for people and treated everyone equal no matter their walk of life. To know Levi was to be his friend.
These blood drives come at a time when the Red Cross has a constant need for blood donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. The first blood drive in honor of Levi will be in Platteville, where Levi went to school, lived and worked. The second blood drive will be in Highland, Levi’s hometown. “We’re honored to be a part of this important event in Levi’s memory,” said Barbara Linscheid, Levi’s mother.
As a way to say thank you to our donors, donors who come to give blood June 1-30, will also receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card, via email. Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal. Terms and conditions apply; visit rcblood.org/together.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood and more than 2,600 platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at these blood drives. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
“Hosting a blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Levi and help patients in need,” said Shannon Montgomery, donor recruitment district manager for the Red Cross Wisconsin Blood Services Region. “This blood drive is truly fitting since Levi was known for loving his community and serving others.”
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.