Going Above & Beyond

 Story and photos by Michele Maki, volunteer, American Red Cross 

Moline, Illinois (May 28, 2019) “I’m a regular blood donor, so I didn’t give it a second thought.” quipped Peter Vogel, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, serving in the disaster relief effort in the Quad Cities area of Illinois.  “I knew there was a Red Cross blood drive, and I had a little time to spare, so why not?”  

Vogel’s humble demeanor says that this is no big deal, but it is.  “What a wonderful thing to do! He’s already serving others by being here, and yet he steps up to give more.’ observed fellow volunteer, Janell Plett, “This is what serving in the Red Cross is all about.” 

“There is a critical need for blood right now, especially O+.” explained Gwen Bartoluzzi, Account Manager for Red Cross Blood Services.  “With folks leaving for summer vacations, and so many disasters in the mid-west that disrupt our blood drives, the need is even greater. We actually need 14,000 blood donations EACH DAY just to keep pace with the need in normal operations, without disasters or other disruptors.  Every 2 seconds, someone in our nation, needs blood.  The need is always there. We’re so grateful for Peter’s donation today.  


About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  All disaster services are free. For more information about blood or disaster services, please visit http://www.redcross.org. 

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