Kristin Krombein isn’t your average blood donor. A spry septuagenarian, she recently finished her 224 donation on her 71st birthday. Kristin has reached what few can even imagine; donating over 28 gallons of blood.
On August 27, 1969, Kristin heard a Red Cross notice on the radio asking for donors and decided to head to a blood drive to roll up her sleeve for a donation. She’s donated blood every 56 days for the next 45 years.
Kristin’s contributions to the community are immense. A quick look at the numbers shows that a pint of blood can save up to three lives. By those estimates, Kristin has been able to help over 670 people who were in need of blood.
But it’s not about the numbers for Kristin. For her, it’s about the good feeling she gets knowing she can help someone else.
“Blood is still something we can’t make. So giving regularly to people is something that I enjoy,” says Kristin. “It’s just a great feeling to know you’ve been able to give someone a second chance.”
Kristin has personally known two people in need of blood, a neighbor and a relative. Through the work of hospital staff and blood donors, she was able to see how blood donations helped these people in her life survive and recover.
“The Red Cross is a great ministry for sick people, spreading health and spurring others to action.”