Hastings Resident Recognized For Being a Faithful Blood Donor

October 12, 2011

The American Red Cross will recognize Kathy Horsch, life-time resident of Hastings, Minn., for reaching her 100 pint blood donation milestone at a blood drive being held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton, in Hastings, Minn. from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Kathy Horsch started donating blood when she was 17-years-old, and she needed her father to sign a consent form. He served as a role model for her and fifty years later she continues to be a faithful donor. Her dedication shined through even when she had to take a five year hiatus from donating due to a temporary medical deferral. “I am a faithful blood donor and always encourage others to donate too! It’s an easy thing to do and the impact it has on others is so great,” she said. 

“I am proud to have donated more than 100 times, and helped save hundreds of lives,” said Kathy. Now that I am retired and have more time, I’m going to become a platelet donor too!

Make a Blood Donation Appointment  
October 21, 2011
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton
2035 West 15th Street, Hastings, Minn.

For appointments please call the church office at 651-437-4254, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 6619.

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
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.