Maruy County Trustee Encourages Blood Donation

May 17, 2011

Maury County Multi-Gallon Blood Donor Keeps on Giving

Follow the Lead of the County’s Top Blood Donors and Help Save a Life



 (Nashville, Tenn., May 17, 2011)


On Sunday, May 8, Steve Konz donated his 199th pint of blood at the American Red Cross blood drive held at St. Catherine Catholic Church.  That’s nearly 25 gallons of donated blood.


You may know Steve Konz as Maury County Trustee, but did you know he is one the county’s top blood donors?  Konz donated his first pint of blood on his 19th birthday, April 27, 1966, while stationed in the U.S. Air Force in Wichita, Kan.


“Donating blood is not difficult.  It is one thing we can do for mankind that is not expensive, it just takes a little time,” says Konz.


Each year, nearly 5 million people in the U.S. need a lifesaving blood transfusion and 38,000 units of blood are needed each day.


The number one reason people say they don’t donate blood is because they were never asked.  Consider this your personal invitation.


You are invited to give blood at the Maury County Donor Day Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 19 located on Nashville Highway in Columbia.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, contact Stephanie Ezell at (615) 308-6280 or  You may also log on to and enter sponsor code:  MAURYDONORDAY.  Walk-in donors are welcome.


All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at