June 22, 2015

Archie Klein has been donating blood so long, he can’t even remember when he started.

But he knew Monday’s donation at the STBTC Fredericksburg Community Blood Drive was special.

“I thought today was No. 200, but I didn’t know till Rita (Holmberg Woodman, STBTC drive coordinator) checked the records,” Klein said from his home in Fredericksburg. “I wish I could remember when I actually started giving. Sometime in the ‘70s, I guess.”

Those 200 whole blood donations equal 25 gallons, a rare feat considering donors are limited to approximately six donations a year. The reach is significant, however, since each donation can help up to three people.

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