American Red Cross holds Veteran’s Day blood drive in memory of
Staff Sergeant William “Billy” Wilson
Honor veterans by scheduling an appointment to give blood

The Wilson Family and the American Red Cross will join together for a special Veteran’s Day blood drive in memory of Staff Sergeant Billy Wilson on Monday, November 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Getzville Fire Hall at 630 Dodge Road in Getzville.

Army Staff Sergeant William Wilson III, or “Billy” as family and friends called him, was killed as he approached a police checkpoint in Eastern Afghanistan on March 26, 2012. Wilson was recognized posthumously by President Obama with the highest military honors, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He will always be remembered as a brave man, faithful friend and loving son.

“The Red Cross is inviting eligible blood donors to give blood in honor of our courageous veterans past and present,” said Kay E. Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, Red Cross Blood Services – New York-Penn Region. “It is a way to thank our veterans for their noble contributions while helping patients in need by donating lifesaving blood.”

Veteran’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give back in honor of those that have given so much to protect and serve our country by rolling up your sleeve to help those in need of blood.

You never know when someone, even a member of your own family, may need a blood transfusion in order to survive. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. It truly is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow. The only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. Your donation can help save up to three lives and it only takes about an hour of time.

All eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood and to reach out to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to do the same. Free pizza will be provided for all attendees, courtesy of Bocce.

Additionally, all presenting donors can enter for a chance to win a $50 grocery gift card.*

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.

*Prizes not redeemable for cash and non-transferable

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