What does 70 gallons mean to you? To most it just means fourteen 5-gallon buckets or one large fish tank. To a donor it is getting stuck with a needle and donating 560 pints. To the Transfusion Department at a hospital it means 1680 lives possibly saved. Seventy gallons is one of the greatest milestones in life not many people can say they reached when donating blood.
To Jerry Bass it was a great accomplishment this morning when that total number of pints donated reached 560. Jerry is the second donor who has reached this milestone with us at Dak Minn Blood Bank since we have opened in 1974.
Jerry started donating in the early 1970s in Crookston, MN while teaching there. Later, he donated during blood drives as he had moved to locations without local blood banks. After he and his family moved to Grand Forks in 1995, he returned to regular donations when he found out about Dak-Minn. After a few blood donations, he started donating platelets. Unlike blood that lasts for 42 days after it is donated, platelets only last 5 days. The demand for platelets and platelet donors is high so Jerry stepped right up and helped fill that need. Jerry describes donating as “a unique, convenient way to help others and it feels good to help in an unusual way”.
Jerry has been on the Dak Minn Blood Bank Board for a few years now and is helping educate the community on the importance of donating blood and blood products. All blood donated at Dak Minn Blood Bank goes to Altru Health System and is used on patients in our community. Dak Minn Blood Bank is a non-profit blood bank with a positive atmosphere, friendly staff and great donors.
What does seventy gallons mean to us at Dak Minn Blood Bank? It means more than words can explain. It means many opportunities for patients to see their loved ones again, many opportunities for staff to see the donors put somebody else’s life a head of their own and donate blood.
A BIG thank you not only to Jerry for reaching this milestone but to all the donors who have donated 1 pint to 70+ gallons. You are the reason we are here you are the reason we go to work every day and you are the reason so many are grateful. Thank you again for all the selfless minutes you take out of your day to help save a life!