Port Washington Community Blood Drive Held in Honor of Matt Hopkins

September 5, 2012

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. – On September 8, Ozaukee County residents will have an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and donate blood in honor of Matt Hopkins. Last May, Hopkins was involved in a dirt bike accident on a local track and sustained injuries to his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Sid Arthur, volunteer blood drive coordinator at the Port Washington Masonic Lodge, invites others to donate blood to support those who need blood in an emergency situation.

“You never know when you or someone you love may need blood. When I heard of Matt’s traumatic accident, it reinforced why I volunteer my time and encourage others to donate blood with the American Red Cross,” said Arthur. “Give the gift of life in honor of Matt and patients in need of lifesaving blood.” 

Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Masonic Lodge - Moeser Hall
504 W. Grand Ave. Port Washington, Wis.

Following the accident, Hopkins underwent an eight-hour surgery and spent three months in the hospital. While his road to recovery has been long and challenging, he continues to improve daily. Friends and family members are hosting a benefit event for Hopkins on October 20 at Railroad Station in Saukville, Wis. Those who would like more information or are interested in attending the event can visit facebook.com/MattHopkins724.

September is National Preparedness Month, designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. It’s the mission of the Red Cross to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. One way you can support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

All blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative, in order to meet patient demand. In the hour it takes to donate blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones. Consider giving the gift of life in honor of Matt Hopkins on September 8.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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 more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.