Red Cross T-Shirts Make Great Quilts

December 22, 2010


Goodlettsville Residents Turn T-Shirts into Quilts

Chris Casa Santa and Billy Jared are Lifelong Blood Donors


(Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 22, 2010)


Chris Casa Santa, of Goodlettsville, donates blood regularly to the American Red Cross come rain or shine.  Last January, he was one of just six blood donors to visit the Nashville Center during a snow and ice storm. 


This year, Casa Santa also reached his 20 gallon milestone.  As a special surprise, his wife, Tricia, asked a friend to turn the numerous Red Cross T-shirts he received for various donations over the years into a quilt.  It took several months, but Betty Fletcher, of Joelton, Tenn., put the pieces together.  The Casa Santas visited the American Red Cross on Charlotte Ave. in Nashville on Dec. 21 to show it off.


However, Casa Santa isn’t the only Goodlettsville resident with a Red Cross T-shirt quilt.  Goodlettsville resident Billy Jared’s donated blood with the American Red Cross for the past 40 years.  He, too, has the T-shirts to prove it.  Jared’s daughter-in-law created his quilt using 20 American Red Cross T-shirts Jared collected over the years. 


On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Jared came in to donate blood and brought the quilt to show our staff.  Unfortunately, Jared was three weeks early on his donation calendar and not eligible to give that day. 


One thing is for sure.  Both men will return again and again to donate blood and help save lives.


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


Photo #1:  Tricia and Chris Casa Santa hold up their American Red Cross T-shirt quilt.

Photo #2:  Billy Jared, Blood Donor and Gwen Kinney, Red Cross Collections Staff.