Ottawa Blood Drive Honors Longtime Coordinator

January 25, 2010
News Release
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Ottawa Blood Drive Honors Longtime Coordinator
Wichita, Kan.Jan. 25, 20010A commemorative blood drive will be held in honor of Joe Rich, longtime coordinator of the Ottawa Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from Noon to  6 p.m. at the Kansas Army National Guard, 208 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Kan.
Rich lives in Ottawa and is very involved in his community, making him the perfect person to coordinate blood drives, a role he took on 10 years ago. He has worked as a volunteer for a total of 13 years, never missing a drive during that time. And, he’s just three pints shy of collecting his 30-gallon pin, quite an accomplishment.
“Before Joe became coordinator, we collected 40 to 50 units of blood at each drive,” said Bev Kerbs, donor resources development representative for the Red Cross. “The first drive Joe coordinated, we collected 87 units and he insisted on increasing drive frequency to six times per year. He will be greatly missed.”
A longtime Ottawa resident, Rich is well respected as a volunteer for other local organizations including his church and Shrine group. In addition to coordinating blood drives, Rich has also served as a Franklin County/Wyandotte County Red Cross Chapter volunteer for 15 years, with a portion of that time as Chapter Chair of Franklin County.
It is a lot of work hosting a blood drive, and the American Red Cross wishes to sincerely thank Joe Rich for his dedication to the Red Cross over the years. We will miss him as coordinator and the chili he makes for volunteers and donors during the winter drives, but are pleased he has agreed to continue as a volunteer.
How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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. 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. Visit to learn more.


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.