American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or speical suits. Their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” Be a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.
“Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help save a patient’s life,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “For the hour it takes to ive blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday you have given to their lvoed one.”
Rosemarie Tolson and her husband, Joe Tolson, are both blood donors. They schedule their appointments so they can give together.
“We both have very large families, and any of them could be in need of blood,” Rosemarie said. “We believe it’s the right thing to do. My husband says it gives him a good feeling knowing that he can help three people with his donation. It’s the least that I can do to help out someone in need.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
St. James Thanksgiving blood drive on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at National Guard Armory in St. James, Minn. All presenting donors will receive a complimentary pumpkin pie courtesy of Paul’s Food Pride.