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Stoneridge Donor Center marks 10 years

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Gahanna's Stoneridge Donor Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane, has been celebrating a milestone of helping save lives.

Rodney J. Wilson, communications manager, said 127,042 donations of blood have been made since the center opened to the community 10 years ago: Feb. 9, 2004.

"We were expecting to get to 130,000 this month," he said. "Donations have been down due to the weather, however."

Wilson said the donations have touched the lives of more than 243,800 patients over 10 years. The site was opened in the central Ohio area to help the American Red Cross provide blood products to 41 area hospitals in 27 Ohio counties.

"The donations made at the Stoneridge Donor Center can literally mean life for local patients," Wilson, said. "Each year, 4 million Americans need blood transfusions. In the central Ohio region, an average of 800 blood donors are needed each day to meet the need."

Numerous central Ohio residents have made Stoneridge Donor Center in Gahanna their place to give blood, he said.

Regular donor John Weinheimer has given 39 gallons of blood, or 312 1-pint donations, and Stoneridge is his regular spot.

Donor Robert Burgess also gives regularly at Stoneridge.

"It gets my heart going to donate," he said. "It just makes me feel good. It saves a bunch of lives. I've become a fan of the people (at Stoneridge)."

The Stoneridge Donor Center is open seven days a week and receives about 20 donations a day on average. The center could bring in more than 7,300 donations a year, with the potential to save 21,900 lives annually, Wilson said.

Located in the StoneRidge Plaza shopping center at Morse and Hamilton roads, the center was placed there to serve a densely populated region on the east side of Columbus.

"Donor centers help establish community involvement, an idea based on the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor," Wilson said. "This spirit of giving allows a way to maintain an adequate blood supply for central Ohio."

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org.

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