American Red Cross Biomedical Volunteer Knows Need for Blood and Takes Action

April 18, 2011


April 18, 2011


Amongst the many volunteers for The American Red Cross, Andrew Trueblood (pictured right) works to recruit blood donors because he understands the need for blood products first hand.  In 2002 Andy was riding his motorcycle and was in a horrible accident.  The wreck caused numerous broken bones including a compound break of the lower right leg which required blood transfusions in effort to save his leg, and life.  Luckily, Andy has recovered from his injuries better than expected, and has decided to do something positive following his difficult experience. 


Andy Trueblood now serves as the Blood Drive Coordinator for Salisbury Church in Charleston, IL which hosts a blood drive every 56 days. Andy works hard to recruit volunteer blood donors by speaking to several area churches about the need for blood donations. “I have found a great deal of joy in helping to save lives.  One of these days you may very well need blood and you will be grateful if someone has taken an hour out of their day to donate blood”, says Andy. 


Please join Andy, and others committed to helping patients in need at Salisbury Church, 2350 East Madison, Charleston, IL, on Sunday, May 1st from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.   


On average, Salisbury Church donors provide about 60 pints of blood to the American Red Cross.  Because each pint of blood can help up to three patients, this drive has the potential of helping about 180 patients.  


Andy would also like to recognize and thank his good friend, Don Schaefer, (pictured left) of Charleston for donating over 26 gallons of blood.   “I donate because there is a need, and it is easy to do”, says Mr. Schaefer.  Coincidentally, Don Schaefer held a volunteer position of Chairman of The American Red Cross Disaster Services during the 1970’s.  His diligent work with the Red Cross is very much appreciated.

Andy has many faithful supporters which make this drive a huge success.  “I thank everyone including Pilson Auto Sales, What’s Cooking, and the local radio stations including Cromwell Radio Group for the support they provide in this important cause. I also want to thank the paper for getting the word out and letting many know how important this is for everyone.”


With a good sense of humor and fresh ideas, Andy is committed to increasing blood collections in his area by currently working to sponsor new drives.  “I see the Charleston and Mattoon area as an untapped market for blood…no pun intended”, says Andy.  Be on the look-out for more blood drive opportunities in those areas.


To schedule an appointment for any American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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. For more information, please visit or join our blog at




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