Red Cross to Honor 100-year-old Volunteer at Newton Community Blood Drive Today

October 28, 2010

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Red Cross to Honor 100-year-old Volunteer

At Newton Community Blood Drive Today


Wichita, Kan.— Oct. 28, 2010 — The American Red CrossNewton Community Blood Drivewill begin at noon today in honor of Edythe Wendt, longtime volunteer and newly minted centenarian.This drive is Thursday, Oct. 28 from Noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main, Newton, Kan.

On Oct. 8, Edythe Wendt celebrated her 100 birthday. Amazingly, for the past 25 years, Edythe has volunteered for the American Red Cross Blood Services at blood drives in Newton, Kan. During this time, she has served in many rolls including working registration, escorting donors and serving drinks in the refreshment area.

Today, Edythe will be working at the registration table, greeting and checking in donors as they arrive. Her passion for volunteering is an inspiration to everyone she works with.

Red Cross staff will honor her today with a birthday cake. We encourage residents to join us at the Newton Community Blood Drive today or tomorrow. You may say “Hi,” to Edythe, donate blood, save up to three lives and also enjoy a piece of birthday cake. 

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.orgor join our blog at


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