Baraboo community blood drive held in memory of Reverend Al Zipsie

February 1, 2013

BARABOO, Wis.  - The American Red Cross invites Baraboo-area residents to donate blood on Feb. 15 in memory of community icon Rev. Al Zipsie, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 83. Al dedicated more than 30 years of service to the Red Cross, including 20 years serving as the volunteer blood drive coordinator at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. With Al’s support, the Baraboo community blood drive has collected approximately 800 pints of blood every year to benefit patients in Wisconsin and across the country.

“Al was committed to the Red Cross mission and understood the importance of bringing his neighbors together to help patients who rely on blood donations,” said Jo Zipsie, Al’s wife. “Giving blood is a simple way to make a big difference in the lives of others and I hope Al’s passion to serve will live on through those in our community.”

Friday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Baraboo, Wis.

Al was a war veteran, pastor, library director and public servant who volunteered for many causes. He also worked as an emergency medical technician for the Baraboo Ambulance Service, taught CPR instruction and devoted many hours to establishing a homeless shelter in Baraboo. He will be remembered for his generous spirit, passion for knowledge and ability to comfort community members in times of need.

The stability of the nation’s blood supply is in the hands of healthy, volunteer blood donors. Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, trauma victims, transplant recipients, premature babies and more. All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (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 or join our blog at