Blood Drive Coordinator Retires After 25 Years of Service

March 31, 2011

Warsaw High School volunteer made a difference by recruiting blood donors

Donald Bumphrey has made a difference in his community by hosting blood drives with the Future Farmers of America at Warsaw High School for more than 25 years. On April 8, Bumphrey will retire from his volunteer position at the Warsaw High School blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Warsaw High School Old Gym.  Looking for a way to make a difference in Warsaw, but don’t know how? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour, you can help save a life by donating blood. All eligible donors are asked to call the school for an appointment at 217-256-4281 and to schedule their appointment after 3 p.m. The earlier appointments are intended for the students.

“Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors, there simply is no substitute,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “By donating blood or coordinating a blood drive, you can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.”

As Americans become increasingly mobile, you can feel good knowing that when you donate blood through the Red Cross you may be helping patients not only in your local community, but also your family and friends across the nation.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

WarsawHigh Schoolblood drive

April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WarsawHigh SchoolOld Gym

340 South 11th Street, Warsaw, IL 62379

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 generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.