Give Blood in Honor of Sitts - June 16 & 17

May 29, 2010



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Give Blood in Honor of Sitts – June 16 & 17


Wichita, Kan.—June 1, 2010—A blood drive will be held in honor of Bernadine Sitts, 96, long-time American Red Cross volunteer and teacher in Garden City. This drive will be held Wednesday,   June 16 and Thursday, June 17 from 2 to 7 p.m. both days, at the First United Methodist Church

“We thought this would be a great way to honor Bernadine for her service to the Red Cross, First United Methodist Church and to our community,” said Jackie Nichols, blood drive coordinator. “Bernadine faithfully volunteered her time for many years, providing refreshments to people after their donation at every Garden City drive, until her recent move to The Homestead Assisted Living Residence.

From 1948 to 1982, Sitts worked long hours teaching Latin and English at Garden City High School. During this time she also served as sponsor of many clubs including the Junior Red Cross. This club was held outside of school hours and according to Sitts, “We did anything that we felt needed to be done for the community. Students made items for patients and took them to the local hospital.”

After retiring from teaching, Sitts began a “second career” working as a volunteer at First United Methodist Church in Garden City. She helped with mailings and funeral dinners until recently.

In 1997, Sitts received the highest honor of her life when the Garden City Board of Education decided to name one of the new schools in the community the Bernadine Sitts Intermediate School. Each year on her birthday, Sitts arrives at her namesake school in various ways to celebrate with staff and students alike. She has taken a horse and carriage, a fire truck, a motorcycle and helicopter in past years. Who knows what this October will bring?

Sitts said she was “overwhelmed” at being asked to have a blood drive in her honor. “I really do appreciate it. I have always been glad to help where I could. I come from a very poor family, so I can appreciate the need the Red Cross serves in our community and throughout the country.”

Consider joining Sitts at the Garden City Community Blood Drive on June 16 or 17.* 

How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply, but O negative donors are especially needed right now. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.  

Red Cross Racing
This is a donor rewards program designed to increase the number of blood donors and the number of times they donate. Blood donors get points in exchange for activities, including giving blood and/or platelets and recruiting other blood donors. Those points may be exchanged for exclusive NASCAR racing gear and collectables. Check out to join the race where everyone wins. Please call us at 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at to schedule your blood donation appointment.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.

* EDITOR’S NOTE: Please contact Jackie Nichols for information on dates/times Sitts will be at the blood drive and available for interviews.