Carthage church hosts Red Cross blood drive in memory of George Stinebrook

October 10, 2013

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Could you spare one hour of your time and one pint of blood if it meant making a difference in someone’s life? Each day, volunteer blood donors give to the American Red Cross, and each donation could help save up to three lives.

The Church of the Nazarene in Carthage, Mo., is hosting a blood drive in memory of a man who played a role in many people’s lives. George Stinebrook was a longstanding member of the community. He died in May 2013.

George worked on the railroad for more than four decades, officiated countless weddings and funerals as an ordained minister and volunteered for community organizations, including the Red Cross and Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.

“George was always quick to lend a helping hand whenever there was a need,” his wife Carolyne Stinebrook said. “So, it seems like a natural fit to host a blood drive in his memory. Each donation could help others in need. I don’t know how you could honor someone more.”

The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so the supply must be constantly replenished to make sure it is available for patients.

“Some people, like George Stinebrook, have a lasting impact on their communities and can inspire people to come together to make a difference,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “That’s what giving blood does. It makes a lifesaving difference to the patients who need blood in your community and across the country.”

Upcoming blood drive in memory of George Stinebrook:

Oct. 24 from 1 to 6 p.m. at The Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, Mo.

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 some states), 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 @RedCross.