Fifty Gallon Fairmont Blood Donor Gives Near and Far

September 3, 2010

Every blood donor has a reason why they began giving. For Fairmont’s Lois (Jody) Buckmeier, her inspiration came 54 years ago from her oldest sister who was battling leukemia. Although her sister ultimately lost her fight, Buckmeier says blood transfusions allowed her family more time together, time she treasures.

Today, 73-year-old Buckmeier gives whole blood in Minnesota and platelets in Florida. All told, she’s donated 50 gallons of blood products over 54 years, and has the Red Cross gallons pins to prove it. What’s kept her going? “It’s such a good feeling to know that you are helping others,” she said. “I donate to help patients.”

Eligible donors in the Fairmont-area are encouraged to help patients, like Buckmeier does, at the upcoming three-day Fairmont Community Blood Drive with the American Red Cross. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Fairmont Community Blood Drive
VFW, 301 South State Street, Fairmont
September 21, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
September 22, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
September 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.