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Feb. 13, 1952: Pint by pint, she gave others a fighting chance

Posted by: Ben Welter under Minnesota History Updated: April 24, 2011 - 4:34 PM
As the Korean War ground on more than 6,000 miles away, Mrs. Chris Sorenson marked a milestone in February 1952: She donated her 25th pint of blood at a mobile blood unit in St. Louis Park. The empty collection bottles below illustrate the volume of her generosity: more than 3 gallons of blood. “If we’d all come out and give the first time,” she told the Minneapolis Star, “we wouldn't have to fight to get enough blood for our fighting men.” Giving blood is just as important more than 50 years later. To learn how you can help, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
 

Excerpt from the original caption: "Mrs. Chris Sorenson, 4009 W. Thirty-first street, is celebrating a sort of blood donor's silver anniversary -- she made her 25th donation of a pint of blood at the mobile blood unit in St. Louis Park. She has never had any reaction from her giving at various blood banks, and several times has given blood directly to specific people."

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