Special blood drive held in memory of Ann Meffert

March 5, 2018

Waunakee community encouraged to give blood March 23  

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Ann Meffert Friday, March 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 5763 County Road Q, in Waunakee.

In December 2017, Meffert lost her battle with bile duct cancer. Meffert left behind a huge legacy and was loved by many. She worked as a unit clerk and Surgery educator at Dean Health Clinic for 22 years where she made many friends. She was an avid volunteer, taught religious education at St. John's, helped with Red Cross blood drives, drove the ambulance at Waunakee Area EMS and was involved in the Waunakee FFA Alumni. Ann was known for her beautiful smile, loud laugh and storytelling ability.

“Hosting a blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Ann and help patients in need,” said Jody Weyers, account manager for the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “This blood drive is held during Red Cross Month which is truly fitting since Ann was known for loving her community and serving others. Her family and friends hope donors will roll up a sleeve and continue her legacy of service.”

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Volunteers of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products.

Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.