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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:44

The American Red Cross collected 29 units of blood during the blood drive in Wauneta. Sheyla Christner (seated) was one of the youngest donors at last week’s blood drive. Tara Harper with Red Cross finishes the blood donation process by bandaging Christner’s arm.


By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


Twenty-nine people donated blood at the Wauneta community blood drive at the American Legion Hall on April 3. Through their donated blood, these donors have made a significant impact on the lives of others.

Wauneta hosts four blood drives each year in April, June, August and December. “In 2011 the community of Wauneta hosted three drives which collected 91 units toward maintaining the blood supply,” says Cathy Carman, Donor Recruitment Representative with the American Red Cross in North Platte.

Every day patients throughout Nebraska and beyond rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving healthcare, explains representatives of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is thankful for each and every volunteer blood donor.

Although Red Cross staff members from North Platte come down to each blood drive, the local blood drives would not happen if not for local volunteers.

Lana Skelton and Janet Keiser served as co-chairs of the Wauneta blood drive. Together Skelton and Keiser work with the Red Cross to schedule the blood drives in Wauneta, secure the space for the drive, work with local volunteers who work at the blood drives and secure donations to cover the cost of refreshments for volunteer donors.

Skelton began volunteering to help with Red Cross blood drives 22 years ago and served as the phone chair, calling to schedule donation appointments, until this past August when she took on the added responsibility of co-chairing the events with Keiser.

Wauneta’s blood drives would not be possible without the support of other local volunteers and the contributions from local businesses.

Jackie Kennedy has been volunteering at the Wauneta blood drives since they began in 1980 and has only missed three blood drives since that time. “It’s fun, I enjoy doing it,” says Kennedy.

Cindy Sandman also helped at the blood drive last week. Other contributions came from Valley Bank and Trust, who has been supplying the orange juice for volunteer donors for many years.

The American Legion donates space to hold the blood drives and other area businesses provide funding for refreshments for the volunteer donors.

Two local businesses, Bruce Kramer Farms and Bob Jones at Bob’s Repair, provided the funds to purchase refreshments for last week’s blood drive.


Next Wauneta blood drive

The next Wauneta community blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT at the American Legion.

According to Red Cross representatives, giving blood is one of the most selfless acts an individual can do. The hour it takes to give the gift of life can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical need.


How to donate blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.


About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States.

While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it.

In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:46