In 1972, Minnie Burnett started working for the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) in the Jay office. She also began donating blood. Burnett retired from PSO after 21 years, but she continued to donate blood and has now given 107 times.
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in Burnett’s honor Oct. 5, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Jay Community Center, 429 S. 9th.
“Donating blood is something I’ve always enjoyed doing,” says Burnett. “I’m proud of my community for supporting the Red Cross and helping to save lives.”
Between blood drives, Burnett likes to spend time working on crossword puzzles, working in her flower garden and traveling with her husband.
To schedule an appointment for the Jay community blood drive honoring Minnie Burnett, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.
How to donate blood
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.