Last month Dr. Allen Stojkovic received a pin from the American Red Cross that represents the 27 gallons of blood that he has donated. Each gallon represents eight pints, or eight donations for a total of 216 pints.
Red Cross volunteer, Lois Grossman presented Dr. Stojkovic with the pin at St. John’s Lutheran Church in North Woodbury. St. John’s is one of several donation sites in the county.
Dr. Stojkovic said he enjoys donating at the St. John’s blood donor site because of the delicious cookies, sandwiches and other treats there as well as the really nice ladies who volunteer there.
Stojkovic said he gives blood because he sees there is a need both in our country and around the world. There many ways these donations can make a difference. “It’s a small thing to do, but it can really make a big difference to the recipients,” Dr. Stojkovic said.
The American Red Cross website notes that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. Type O and AB are the most rare and the most needed types of blood. One donation can save the lives of up to three people.
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.