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Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:29

Jackie Kennedy, center, was presented with tokens of thanks last Thursday for her 34 years of volunteer work at Wauneta Blood Mobiles and for donating nine gallons of blood over the years to the American Red Cross. Lana Skelton, left, and Janet Keiser presented the awards to Kennedy at her home. She was given a gift, two certificates of appreciation and a banner signed by those who attended the most recent Wauneta Blood Mobile. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | The Wauneta Breeze)


By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Giving back is nothing new to Jackie Kennedy. She’s given back to the Wauneta community in many ways over the years. Last week, she was honored for her long-time commitment to the Wauneta Blood Mobile.

Kennedy was asked to help with the very first Red Cross Blood Mobile held in Wauneta in 1980 by Dotty McKenzie (then Dotty Jones), who was organizing the first Blood Mobile in Wauneta. That first Blood Mobile was held at the Steak Out in Wauneta.

Since then, Kennedy has never stopped helping. She’s been volunteering at the Wauneta Blood Mobile for the past 34 years. One of her primary responsibilities is to keep donators comfortable while they give blood, she’s even been known to sing to blood donors.

“If you can keep their minds off the needles they usually do pretty good–and I’ve got a big mouth,” Kennedy explained last Thursday when Lana Skelton and Janet Keiser, current Wauneta Blood Mobile coordinators, presented her with awards for her years of service.

Kennedy said the new Red Cross nurses often ask her, “Aren’t you the one that sings?” when they first come to the Wauneta Blood Mobile. In addition to her faithful service to the Wauneta Blood Mobile, where Kennedy estimates she’s missed three or four over the past 34 years, she has also helped at the Blood Mobiles in Imperial, Enders and Palisade.

When asked why she kept it up all these years, Kennedy said simply, “I’ve always really liked it.” She said she likes getting to see people she hasn’t seen for a while as well as meeting new people.

Kennedy is also a faithful donator of blood herself. Despite the fact that she could not donate blood back in 1980 due to medication she was taking at the time, she has since given over nine gallons of blood.

Honors bestowed upon Kennedy last Thursday by Skelton and Keiser included a banner that was signed by those who donated at the last Wauneta Blood Mobile.

The next Wauneta Blood Mobile will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, be sure to come out and give blood for a chance to see Kennedy in action.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:55