James Stanley was one of the first to roll up his sleeve at a special American Red Cross blood drive in memory of his father, James “PJ” Stanley, a longtime public servant in Catawba County. The drive, held Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, collected 30 units of blood. Each lifesaving unit stood for what PJ Stanley spent his life doing—helping others.
Not only did the Red Cross lose a dedicated volunteer, when Stanley passed away September 22, 2011, but the entire Catawba community lost a public servant. Stanleyserved as a city council member in Claremont, NC, and as a police officer and rescue worker.
“It’s really an honor,” said James Stanley. “I feel good coming to do this, because my dad was all about serving people.”
Meredith and Troy Scott used to work with Stanley, and said they would not have missed the opportunity. “It was very important for us to donate in his honor,” said Meredith Scott. “He gave his time, all the time—let’s do something great for him.”
If anyone did not get a chance to donate at Thursday’s drive, the Catawba community will come together again December 5, 2011 for another blood drive in honor of PJ Stanley. It will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.