Verdigre, Neb. blood drive to be held in memory of Wanda Soucek

August 26, 2013
VERDIGRE, Neb. – In January 2013, longtime American Red Cross volunteer Wanda Soucek passed away. For 20 years, Soucek was one of the first faces donors saw when they registered to give blood at Verdigre blood drives. The Verdigre, Neb.-community is invited to pay tribute to Soucek at the Sept. 4 blood drive being held in her memory.
“Wanda was one of the most caring and giving women you’d ever meet,” said Verdigre blood drive coordinator Pam Sukup. “She was always willing to help anyone.”
By dedicating the blood drive in Soucek’s memory, Sukup said the community can honor Soucek’s legacy of giving while helping others in need.
Blood drive in memory of Wanda Soucek
Wed., Sept. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Verdigre Methodist Church at 403 S. Second St., in Verdigre
To make an appointment, please call Pam Sukup at 402-847-3372 or Jodi Wiese at 402-668-2699. Donors may also register online at
The blood drive in memory of Wanda Soucek comes at an important time for the Red Cross. While it is challenging to collect enough blood to meet patient needs during the summer, blood donations especially drop around the Labor Day holiday. While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has an urgent need for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.