One veteran is celebrating after donating his 50th gallon of blood.
Don Schaefer has been donating pints since he was on tour in Germany back in the 1950s.
As of today, he’s donated blood 402 times. The Red Cross in Charleston honored Schaefer with his very own plaque and banner, but Schaefer says the most rewarding thing is knowing his blood could be saving a person’s life.
* Mr. Schaefer has actually upped his game this century. Flashback to 2009…
Donald Schaefer’s family gathered around him Sunday afternoon to celebrate a special milestone.
This milestone was not a birthday, anniversary or retirement; it was the Charleston resident’s 200th donation of blood to the American Red Cross. […]
[American Red Cross District Recruiting Manager Garry Allison] said a unit of blood is equivalent to a pint, so Schaefer has given the equivalent of 25 gallons of blood over the years to the Red Cross. He said each unit is divided into red blood cells, platelets and plasma, so Schaefer’s 200 donations could have helped save the lives of up to 600 people.
The average donor gives blood once a year, although they can give blood every 56 days, Allison said.
“It is people like (Schaefer) that make what I do each and every day worthwhile,” Allison said.