Red Cross blood drive in Edina commemorates longtime blood donor

June 24, 2013

Randy Gossman donated 20 gallons during his lifetime


EDINA, Mo. (June 24, 2013) – Randy Gossman devoted his life to his community. He was a deacon and church board member at the Edina Christian Church, a member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce and a local business owner. He also helped his community by donating blood, and before his death in 2010, was recognized by the American Red Cross for donating the equivalent of 20 gallons of blood.


To honor Gossman, his family and friends are joining the Red Cross and the Edina Knights of Columbus to host a blood drive in his memory on July 8. Everyone is welcome and all blood types are needed.


Randy Gossman Memorial Blood Drive

July 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall

707 N. Main in Edina, Mo.


As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories Independence Day promotion, everyone who presents to donate blood at any Red Cross blood drive July 1-15 will be entered to win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards. Each blood donation can help save the life of someone in need, giving them a chance to create their own summer of stories.

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 @RedCrossBldMOIL.