Mike Vance, Director for the Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross, presented Dr. Allen Stojkovic with his 26 Gallon pin that represents 208 times, or 208 pints of blood donated.
Dr. Stojkovic says he gives because he sees there is a need both in our country and around the world. There are many ways that these donations can make a difference. It’s a small thing to do, but it can make a really big difference to the recipients, Stojkovic said.
“There’s nothing like the real thing,” Dr. Stojkovic added. “You can’t duplicate nature’s wonderful, life-giving blood.”
The tradition of donating blood was passed on to Stojkovic from his grandmother. He began donating when he was in the U.S. Navy and continued on through his years at Ohio State and Dental School. He continues to donate whenever he is able at several sites in Morrow County.
Rita Barton, Morrow County Blood Committee Chairman, said that Dr. Stojkovic gave that 208th pint of blood at the St. John’s Lutheran Church site in North Woodbury. She also praised the St. John’s volunteers for their great turnout. She said they had a goal of 29 pints and had 44 pints collected. The St. John’s group of volunteers had special challenges with heating problems that Saturday and still managed to have a very successful blood drive.
Vance thanked Dr. Stojkovic and all those donors who give blood in the county. He encourages volunteers to give at one of the regular community sites in the county that include: Iberia United Methodist Church, Marengo United Methodist Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead. Other sites that sponsor blood drives for in house employees and students are Cardington Yutaka, the Morrow County Hospital, Kroger’s and several schools in the county.
The steps for giving blood aren’t complicated. When you register you will be asked for ID such as a driver’s license and donor’s card or two other forms of ID. Also bring the names of any medication you are taking. Then you’ll have a min-physical when your temperature is taken, blood pressure is checked and hemoglobin level will also be checked. The third step is the donation and refreshments are given at every location.
The next blood drives in the county will be: Wed. Feb. 19th at the Morrow County Hospital from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A, Mon. March 10th at Trinity UMC from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. in Trinity Hall, and Sat. Mar. 15th at St. John’s Lutheran in N. Woodbury.
For more information on volunteering for the Red Cross or for information on time and place for blood drives you can call the Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 419-946-2811.