Go on: Have a pint on me
Diocesan employees' blood drive addresses critical need
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
The Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross reported that the
following blood donors from the Green Bay Diocese achieved donor
levels in recent months:
Green Bay Diocesan Agencies - James DeWane, six gallons; Sue
DeWane, five gallons; Eileen Mach, two gallons.
Nativity of Our Lord Parish - Ellsworth Koehnke, 19 gallons;
James Diermeier, six gallons.
St. Agnes Parish - Basil Lepak, 12 gallons.
St. Bernard Parish - Robert Motti, one gallon.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish- Edward Selinsky, 28 gallons;
Mark Soquet, eight gallons; Dcn. James Gauthier, seven gallons;
Erin Vanden Busch, one gallon.
Ss. Peter & Paul Parish - Michael Vincent, 22 gallons; Johnana
DeKeyser, 19 gallons; Gary Verheyden, five gallons.
The agencies of the Diocese of Green Bay held their first ever
on-site blood drive last week and, according to representatives
of local blood centers, the timing was perfect.
"During the summer we lose 20 to 25% of our donors," explained
Dave Liethen, donor recruitment representative for the American
Red Cross. "It is tough to get people to donate in the summer
months. There are lots more things to do. People are busy. The
amount of blood needed remains the same, but the amount of donors
"It is much more difficult to recruit donors in the summer,"
agreed Susan Hopp, public relations specialist for The Community
Blood Center in Appleton. "It is possible for the need to go up
in the summer. People travel more. They are participating in
water activities. There may be more accidents."
Sue DeWane, coordinator of the blood drive, said 27 employees
donated blood including seven first-time donors. She also
coordinates the diocese's One-A-Week Club, which includes 34
employees/members who give regularly with a goal of giving 52
units during the year.
"I hope to have on-site blood drives twice a year," she said.
"The response was great. I wanted to recruit some new people. Of
the people who gave, 20 are not in our One-A-Week group. I
received good backup from the regular group members."
"I always wanted to give, and this was a good opportunity," said
Crystal Delwiche, a first-time donor who serves as volunteer
coordinator for Resettlement and Immigration Services of the
Green Bay Diocese.
The One-A-Week Blood Donor Club program of the Lakeland Chapter
(Green Bay area) of the American Red Cross includes 93 different
businesses and organizations. Approximately 10 groups are from
Catholic parishes in the Green Bay area, said Leithen. As of the
end of June, 4,553 donations received in 2001 were from
One-A-Week Club donors.
The Badger-Hawkeye Region of the American Red Cross includes
areas in Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa. The region serves 100
hospitals and uses 900 units of blood each day.
The Deckner Donor Center in Green Bay will be open on Sunday,
Aug. 26, and on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
"It will be only the second time we have ever been open on a
Sunday," said Leithen. "We will also be open on Labor Day as a
convenience for donors and to help us meet our goals. We need all
types of blood."
"There is no substitute for human blood," he continued. "One
donation can help save the lives of three people. Each unit of
blood is separated into three different components. The
components may be used by one person or three different people."
The Community Blood Center serves the hospitals of Outagamie,
Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties.
"Our goal is 600 pints a week from all our donor centers," said
To combat the decreased number of donors in the summer, the
Community Blood Center hosts special events to encourage
"In July, we held an outdoor blood drive with a M.A.S.H. theme,"
said Hopp. "We had military tents and staff was dressed in
military uniforms. We try to make it fun and bring attention to
For more information about giving blood or organizing an on-site
blood drive, contact the American Red Cross at (920)468-1551 or
in the Valley, The Community Blood Center at (800)280-4102.