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Santa among the members joining the ’10-gallon club’

December 19, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — To become a part of the “10-gallon club” it takes time, lots of return visits over many years and a heart to give to others.

On Tuesday, Rick Gilbert was honored for joining the club.

Club members have donated a total of 10 gallons of blood during their lifetime.

Santa made a visit to the West Nebraska Blood Center at Regional West Medical Center Tuesday morning to give out an honor and receive one.

“Rick received his 10 gallon award and Santa received his earlier this year,” West Nebraska Blood Center Phlebotomist Brenda Chase said. “It’s a huge deal.”

Gilbert started donating in the 1990s and has continued to give. He also donates platelets and plasma.

“You can donate every 56 days,” Chase said.

If you give regularly it at least 20 years to become a 10-gallon club member.

“I like the idea of giving life to save life,” Gilbert said of donating. It also makes his body feel better after he has made a donation.

Anyone can donate, Chase said. To donate, you can visit the blood bank at RWMC. You will need photo identification, you must 16 years of age with parental consent, pass FDA requirements and weigh at least 115 pounds.

Becoming a member of the 10 gallon club is “another milestone,” Gilbert said. “I am going to continue donating as long as I can.”

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