In 1969, Bill and his wife Beverly founded the Kirkland Blood Committee. Bill and Beverly, together with committee members Karen Ostinett, Elinor Sorensen and Jean Wainwright, began organizing blood drives throughout the Clinton community. They recruited donors; made their own t-shirts, signs and flyers; and collected donated food from local vendors to serve to blood donors.
Every 56 days, you could count on a blood drive happening in Clinton, thanks to the Kirkland Blood Committee. They made each drive special, an event the whole community enjoyed. From 1969 to 2019, the committee -- led by Bill -- organized up to six blood drives a year, resulting in approximately 45,000 units of lifesaving blood collected.
Bill himself became a dedicated blood donor, giving just one pint shy of 25 gallons over the span of 64 years.
At a recent blood drive at Clinton United Methodist Church, all five members of the Kirkland Blood Committee were celebrated by the American Red Cross, and received certificates of recognition signed by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Community organizations that supported the committee's efforts through the years were also recognized for their lifesaving impact.