Longtime Red Cross supporter and blood donor reaches 30-gallon milestone.

August 1, 2013

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — John Schenk, dedicated American Red Cross blood donor, was recently honored for reaching his 30-gallon milestone. During his 30-gallon donation, Gail McGovern, CEO and President of the Red Cross, presented him with a certificate and a personal thank you for his years of Red Cross support.

Schenk was inspired by his parents and a high school teacher in the late 1960s to donate blood.  Blood donors are eligible to donate every 56 days, and Schenk has donated, on average, every 66 days during the past 44 years.

“I am blessed to be healthy and able to donate regularly,” said Schenk. “I keep coming back because I realize there are patients in need, and my donation is critical in changing the lives of others.”

 In addition to being a longtime blood donor, Schenk has been a board member of the North Central Blood Services Region for the past seven years and the Northern Minnesota Chapter for 13 years.  Schenk has served as a national disaster volunteer and was deployed for 12 assignments in seven states, and has received his water safety senior lifesaver certificate. As a blood services volunteer, Schenk has served as a blood drive coordinator, greeter, refreshment server and shuttle driver.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have dedicated Red Cross supporters and blood donors like John who are so generous with their time and energy,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “John is a great example of someone who truly wants to make a difference in the lives of others.”

“Donating blood is my way of giving back,” says Schenk. “I am proud to have helped save hundreds of lives. If I could encourage just one other person to become a blood donor it would be the best reward ever.”

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 consent 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.