Super donor Rae Ann Flesner
Although Rae Ann Flesner would never call herself a super donor, by Red Cross standards she certainly fits the category. Flesner started giving blood in 1960 when her husband’s barber asked them both if they’d donate at a Red Cross blood drive his wife was coordinating.
Since then, Flesner has donated more than 110 pints of blood, about 13 gallons. After 10 years of helping recruit donors for the blood drives, Flesner began thinking about coordinating blood drives of her own. “I thought we needed a blood drive here (Milroy, Minn.) so folks wouldn’t have to drive so far,” she said. “I wondered if the Red Cross would be able to support a drive in such a small town.” The drives Flesner started 10 years ago continue to bring in more than 100 pints of blood each year.
Three years ago Flesner was asked if she would represent Blood Services on the Renville/Redwood American Red Cross Chapter Board of Directors. Flesner said she would. She and her husband Kenneth, a six-gallon blood donor, also contribute financially to the Red Cross.
Flesner and women from her church, also sew dozens of quilts for Lutheran World Relief and the Chapter. When asked what drives her super donor action, Flesner laughs and says, “Volunteers who live in small towns often get the chance to wear many hats. To tell the truth, I enjoy it! It makes me feel good.”