Owensville community support strong for Red Cross blood drive in memory of Elmer Greunke

May 28, 2013

May 16 blood drive surpassed goal


OWENSVILLE, Mo. (May 28, 2013) – Elmer Greunke was an avid blood donor who gave blood nearly 170 times in his lifetime. He was also a good neighbor who would lend a hand whenever asked. It’s only fitting that Greunke’s family and the American Red Cross would host a blood drive in his memory, and that blood drive would see an outpouring of support from the local community that surpassed expectations. More than 110 people presented to donate at the Elmer Greunke Memorial Blood Drive on May 16 in Owensville, resulting in 101 pints of blood collected. Of the donors, 14 had never given blood before.


“He was a caring person and ready to help those in need,” said Pearl Greunke, Elmer’s wife and also a regular blood donor. “Since he donated blood so often, we thought this blood drive would be a good way to remember him.”


On behalf of patients who could benefit from the donations, the Red Cross joins Greunke’s family in thanking everyone who made the May 16 blood drive a success.


The Red Cross encourages community members to put donating blood on their ‘to-do’ lists this summer. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day. Visit redcrossblood.org/summer or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment to help save lives this summer.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.