Red Cross blood drive memorializes long-time volunteer blood drive coordinator
Although Kingston, Pa. native, Cynthia Witmer, passed away in September, her memory as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and dedicated community volunteer lives on through all those who knew and cared for her. An American Red Cross blood drive is being held in her memory on Mon., Nov. 7 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Herndon.
“Cynthia was a public school teacher who was extremely devoted to her church and family,” said Rita Glace, a life-long friend and joint blood drive coordinator. “In addition to her many other philanthropic endeavors, she also coordinated local Red Cross blood drives for many, many years and felt this was an important way to give back to her community and to help save lives.”
The Red Cross is encouraging donors to “give something that means something” by donating blood before the holidays are in full swing. Eligible donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are especially needed to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
“Our goal for this drive is to collect more than 60 pints of lifesaving blood to continue Cynthia’s legacy of giving in the community,” said Joette Deppen, joint blood drive coordinator and another long-time friend of Witmer’s. “We are partnering with the Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region to encourage eligible donors to give blood to help support patients fighting cancer, undergoing transplant surgeries and facing other serious illnesses.”
To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: CynthiaWitmer or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767
Give blood in memory of Cynthia Witmer
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Mon., Nov. 7 | 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
1473 Urban Road | Herndon, Pa. 17830
How to donate blood
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.
Blood donors can now 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, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.