Red Cross invites donors to give blood in memory of donor, volunteer

November 17, 2013

News Release


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP            


Red Cross invites donors to give blood in memory of donor, volunteer

Blood drive to remember Wellington resident Verla DeJarnett


WELLINGTON, Kan. (Nov. 17, 2013) — Verla DeJarnett loved to bake, and it was a passion she often extended to blood donors during the Wellington community blood drives.


“She used cookies or cake to say thank you,” said her husband, Bob DeJarnett.


In recent years, Verla, who died in August, also thanked blood donors by volunteering at the blood drives. In memory of his late wife, Bob is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Nov. 27.


Verla and Bob’s service to the Red Cross began in the 1960s, when Bob was in the military. The pair donated blood regularly when Verla’s hemogloblin levels were high enough.


It was those bakery treats, along with her dedication and volunteerism to the community, that made Verla a friend to many in Wellington.


“It’s something everybody should do because blood is needed everywhere,” Bob said of blood donation. “I hope donating in Verla’s memory will help encourage people to do so.”


In Memory of Verla DeJarnet blood drive

Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. Harvey, Wellington


The need for blood is constant. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 consent in Kansas), 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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.