Faribault Resident Inspires Blood Donations with Personal Story

April 13, 2012

Ayn Pavek, Faribault resident and Hy-Vee dietitian, became an American Red Cross blood drive coordinator because she knows first-hand the constant need for blood. She is encouraging the Faribault community to donate at the upcoming Hy-Vee blood drive on April 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood for patients in need because blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals are quickly as they are coming in.

“The Red Cross’ lifesaving mission is important to me,” said Pavek. “After a near fatal accident and an extremely low hemoglobin level, I required blood transfusions.  Also, my oldest child was severely burned and required blood transfusions. It’s not always a major accident. You never know when you or someone you know is going to be the one in need of blood.”

“I used to donate a lot while in college and now I’m not able to donate, so I wanted to volunteer for the Red Cross in another way.  Organizing a blood drive was important to me because as a grocery store dietitian I am always promoting a healthy lifestyle,” adds Pavek.

All blood types are currently needed to help maintain sufficient supplies. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.  Type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate supply and a shortage.

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 more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org