Forsyth man recognized for his 400th donation

December 31, 2012

Pastor Dennis Winzenried shares with others in need 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Dec. 17, 2012) – Forsyth, Mo. Pastor Dennis Winzenried is a Colorado native known for giving to the community in many ways. He was first introduced to donating blood by his father who was a regular blood donor. He learned as a young man that giving is important and has made blood donation a significant part of his service to others.  

Dennis and his wife Phyllis have donated blood in each of the communities in which they have lived and worked. They first donated platelets while serving a church in Wichita, Kan. Dennis enjoys giving platelets. He uses his time while donating to read and relax. Phyllis joins him as often as she can. After they donate, they often make an evening of it by going to dinner.  

Since that first platelet donation, Dennis has reached a major milestone. He was recently recognized for his 400th donation at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center in Springfield. This is an achievement very few reach and reflects Dennis’s incredible dedication to patients in need. Platelets are small, colorless cell fragments in the blood whose main function is aid in clotting to stop or prevent bleeding. Many patients who need platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant and have weakened immune systems.

One man’s milestone reminds us that the holiday season is here, and with it comes the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking and getting ready for sharing with family and friends. But many hospital patients have a gift on their wish lists this year that only generous hearts can give: a blood donation.  The American Red Cross reminds people to give something that means something— give blood. You can join the Winzenrieds and other caring donors in sharing a gift that will truly mean something to the one who receives it.

 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 permission 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 join our blog at