Double Duty Blood Drive

Posted at: 02/27/2013 10:25 AM
Updated at: 02/27/2013 10:49 AM
By: Brittany Falkers

The family of Jackson Beattie is all too familiar with the lifesaving power that donated blood can have.  That is why they are having a blood drive March 4 and it is working doubel duty to benefit another worthy cause.

At only two-years-old Jackson recieved a livesaving kidney transplant, thanks to his 21-yea-old cousin and donoar, Brett.  During the transplant and four-week stay in the hospital, Jackson had multiple blood transfusions.  That's why mom Sara and dad Dave are asking everyone to participate in an American Red Cross blood drive being sponsored by and held at Calumet Superior.

This year, Calumet has decidecd to help support the National Kidney Foundation and the Duluth Kidney Walk.  They will do so by donating $25 for each person who donates blood, up to 100 people and $2,500.

The goal is to have 100 people donate blood, but right now only 17 people are signed up.  So, the Beatties are looking for your help.  They need a minimum of 30 people signed up for the Red Cross to participate, but are hoping for many more.

Again, the drive is for everyone.  It happens Monday, March 4 from noon until 6 .m. The drive and donations will take place in the main conference room at Calumet at 2407 Stinson Ave. in Superior.

To set ur your appointment call Dave, Jackson's dad, at (218) 348-9051 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.  Donating will only take about a half an hour of your time.

Your gift could help sa ve up to three lives.  And don't forget, this drive is working double with Calumet's $25 match donation going to the National Kindey Foundation's 2013 Duluth Kidney Walk for every pint of blood donated.