Maple Grove family pays it forward to help others
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Duffer Schulz was known for his kindness and generosity. Before he died in February from complications following heart surgery, Schultz received many blood transfusions. His family wants to continue his legacy of caring by paying it forward to others and is hosting a blood drive in his memory.
“Duffer was the father most people can only dream of,” said his daughter, Phoebe Schultz. “Receiving blood products gave him an extra year of life. We hope that this drive can provide the same type of miracle for other families during the holiday season.”
The community is encouraged to make an appointment to give at the blood drive in memory of Schultz to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. Extreme winter weather in some parts of the country as well as seasonal illnesses often make it difficult for the Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply this time of the year.
Donate blood in memory of Duffer Schultz
Wednesday, Dec. 28
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
16380 96th Ave.
“By rolling up a sleeve and giving blood, donors have the opportunity to discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications manager, Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “A blood donation may give patients the chance to spend more holidays with loved ones.”
This blood drive comes at an important time. Now and throughout the holiday season, the Red Cross has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help ensure patient needs continue to be met. Individuals who come out to give blood Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To make an appointment download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 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 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.