Richard Haefele has been a dedicated American Red Cross volunteer for the Ulysses community blood drive for many years, including serving as the blood drive coordinator for the past 11 years. Haefele has also been a lifelong blood donor and in August, he made his 100th donation.
Haefele will be presented with a centennial pint pin at the Ulysses community blood drive to be held in his honor Oct. 6, from noon – 6 p.m. at the Grant County Fairgrounds,1000 W. Patterson Ave. The date also happens to be Haefele’s 90th birthday.
“I made my first donation as a young man in San Francisco during World War II,” said Haefele. “It’s something I’ve continued to do all my life. Serving as the blood drive coordinator lets me make my donation and visit with others who also come to give.”
To donate blood at the drive in honor of Haefele, 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.
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, 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.