Special West Branch Blood Drive "In Honor of..." Harold 'Red' Gilbert

June 7, 2013


West Branch, MI—June 4—The American Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus #2022 will hold a special blood drive June 11 in memory of WWII veteran Harold ‘Red’ Gilbert, a long-time Red Cross blood donor and volunteer.


“Red served his country in the U-S Navy during World War II and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus since 1954,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross.  “Red was a great husband, father and all-around guy.”


All eligible donors are encouraged to roll-up their sleeve on Tuesday, June 11 between 12PM and 5:45PM at the West Branch Knights of Columbus #2022 (602 Columbus Drive).  Everyone who turns out to donate will not only honor the memory of Harold ‘Red’ Gilbert, but will also be entered for a chance to win a “Summer Fun in Michigan” ticket package, which includes a pair of tickets to Michigan Adventure in Muskegon, Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing and the August 18th NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.  Everyone who comes out to donate will receive an American Red Cross windbreaker, while supplies last.


The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need and to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available in the months ahead.


Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.


Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.






How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


About the American Red Cross

The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross 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.   05/13AP229