Red Cross Holds Winchester Donor Appreciation Drive - Paul Trainor Honored for his Dedication to the Blood Program

June 7, 2011

(Nashville, Tenn., June 6, 2011)

Paul Trainor started volunteering with the American Red Cross blood program more than 40 years ago and he’s still at it. The 86-year-old Winchester resident serves as blood drive coordinator for the Winchester community blood drives.

“My wife was in charge of the blood program. She passed away in 1991 and I thought about just dropping Red Cross, but after thinking about it I decided not to. I figured if she was still alive, she would continue it. I took it over in 1991,” says Paul Trainor.

Trainor, who served in the United States Army for 21 years, began his Red Cross career with what’s now called the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. His unit boasted a 100 percent blood donation participation rate. It was after his military retirement that he started his duties as blood drive coordinator in Winchester. He also worked with the Franklin County and Tullahoma (Treis County) Red Cross Chapters, which are now represented by the Heart of Tennessee Chapter in Murfreesboro. Over the years, he even managed to donate 8 ½ gallons of blood.

“Blood is needed and required every day of the year. Accidents happen and some people will need more blood than others, but it’s still needed. It’s vitally needed and it’s [blood donation] a good habit to have,” says Trainor.

In the old days, Trainor and his wife worked as a blood collection team for the local hospital.

“My wife was a gopher. When we had a need for blood, we found it. She would get it and bring it back to the lab for surgeries,” he says.

The family tradition continues with Trainor’s daughter, who recently moved back to middle Tennessee, working the blood drive registration table at the Winchester Church of Christ. The church sponsors a Red Cross blood drive every month, and every month Paul Trainor volunteers his time to help out.

“I’m continuing on. Nobody is interested in taking it over, so I still think it’s necessary. I guess until something pulls me away from it, I will continue,” he says.

The American Red Cross appreciates Paul Trainor and all the generous people who voluntarily donate their time and/or their lifesaving blood. There are thousands of you throughout the 70 counties in the Tennessee Valley Region.

This June, we recognize the blood donors and blood drive volunteers in and around the Winchester community. Thank you for your dedication to the Red Cross blood program.

You are invited to give blood in honor of Paul Trainor at the Winchester Community Donor Appreciation Blood Drive on Friday, June 24, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Winchester Church of Christ located at 1230 S. College St. in Winchester. Walk-in donors are welcome.

All presenting blood donors are eligible to win door prizes.

Plus, 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.
Blood is a perishable product with a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so it must be replenished constantly—there simply is no substitute.

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