Fort Madison's Honored Blood Drive Volunteer Flossie Jacks Retires

May 13, 2011

Every day the American Red Cross relies on the dedicated efforts of volunteers at community blood drives to help collect blood products needed for patients. Flossie Jacks has been a Red Cross volunteer for more than 39 years. On May 19, the Fort Madison Community blood drive will be held in her honor from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  at the Fort Madison United Methodist Church in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Flossie is 87 years old, and all past and present blood donors are invited to attend the blood drive to wish her well.   The Red Cross thanks all of these dedicated volunteers for their service to the blood program.

Several years ago, Flossie received the Red Cross’ prestigious Paragon Award for her tremendous contribution to the lifesaving work for the American Red Cross in the North Lee County Chapter of the Red Cross for more than 30 years. “Through her efforts, the Red Cross maintains a high visibility and continued success in Lee County,” said John Glunz, Donor Recruitment Manager for the Heart of America Blood Services of the Red Cross. “In today’s new, competitive environment she continues to represent the Red Cross to area residents and, through her efforts, the Red Cross maintains a high visibility and continued success in the area.”

As a way to say thank you to everyone at the Fort Madison Community blood drive,  all presenting donors will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs baseball game on June 22.

The Red Cross is looking for individuals to fill volunteer roles at the blood drive. If you are interested in volunteering for the Red Cross or learning more about this opportunity, please contact Amy Simmons at 309-636-4434.

Fort Madison Community Blood Drive

Thursday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fort Madison United Methodist Church

510 9th Street, Fort Madison, IA 52627

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

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.