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Blood drives honors 30-gallon donor

July 05, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Edward Kisslak of Waynesboro, Pa., donates blood at a previous blood drive. He has donated nearly 30 gallons of blood since 1962 to become Franklin Countys leading blood donor.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Thursday in hopes of collecting 240 units, an amount comparable to what has been donated in the past five decades by a Waynesboro man.

The blood drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Waynesboro’s American Legion, 63 E. Main St., is being held in honor of Edward Kisslak. Red Cross officials said he has donated nearly 30 gallons of blood since 1962.

Kisslak is Franklin County’s leading blood donor, according to a news release.

In the news release, Kisslak said he wants to challenge other Franklin County, Pa., residents to donate blood or donate more often.

“I don’t know what’s more important than helping to save a life,” he said in the news release.

Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region spokeswoman Marianne Spampinato said the blood drive will be a mix of appointments and walk-in donations. First-time donors are welcome with photo identification.

Information about donations can be found at www.redcrossblood.org.

Most healthy individuals at least 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent in Pennsylvania and Maryland, who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood, the news release stated. Individuals 18 years old or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

“This time of year, we certainly want people to be well-hydrated and drink an extra 16 ounces of water,” Spampinato said.

Donated blood is held for 48 hours for tests and reviews before being distributed to the region’s 90 hospitals, she said.

July’s donors in Franklin County will receive a coupon for ice cream at Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow in Greencastle, Pa.

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