- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - An 87-year-old Hutchinson man has donated almost 300 pints of blood, saying he considers the donations his “greatest contribution” to other people.

Harold Walters made his first donation in 1955, when he was 26. He plans to donate his 296th pint at the Hutchinson Community Blood Drive on Monday, and said he has no plans of stopping anytime soon, the Hutchinson News (https://bit.ly/2gBTZHC ) reported.

“Of all my volunteer work, I look at my blood donations as the greatest contribution I’ve made to other people,” the World War II and Korean War veteran said. “They tell me at the Red Cross that each donation helps eight people.”

Walters also donated platelets for his daughters who had Lupus. Platelets are an element of whole blood that a process called apheresis removes before returning the rest of the blood to the donor. He has never received blood himself.

“I’ve lost three of my five children, and a grandson,” Walters said. “The Lord has left me here to do something for someone else and giving blood is the easiest thing to do.”

Walters said he started donating blood because his job was across from the donation center. He said that with the exception of when he traveled for work, he made it a habit to donate blood every two months. Two months is as frequent as medical rules allow whole blood donations, due to how long it takes the body to replace blood.

Walters is promoting a blood drive sponsored by the American Legion on Wednesday.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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