Reader Man Donates 100th Pint of Blood
Santford Joe Haught waited patiently to give blood one day last week before the New Year’s holiday inside the Christian Church in Paden City.
“I figure if I got something that someone else can use, I’m willing to give it to them,” said Haught, 78, of Reader in Wetzel County. “They say one donation can save three lives, so I’m willing to give what I got.”
Haught, who has donated blood 100 times since 1982, remembers the first time he gave blood was marked by a tragedy. Nearly 40 years ago, Haught was working for Conalco when one of his co-workers was involved in an industrial accident at the plant.
“The guy got crushed, so he needed blood,” he said. “That’s when I started donating – once a year. Now, I’m up to six times a year.”
Haught said he gives blood to help others. To date, Haught has donated about 12 and a half gallons of blood.
“I feel like I’ve helped someone after I give blood – a good feeling,” he said.
Haught said he wasn’t worried as a nurse was about to stick a needle in his right arm at the Red Cross table.
“I’m not scared,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt. It feels like a sweat bee sting.”
Leroy Leach of Paden City volunteered his time assisting others at the Red Cross’ blood drive.
“Do I think giving blood makes a difference? Absolutely. There is always a need for blood,” he said.
Leach recalled a recent automobile accident on Interstate 70 that sent three people to the hospital.
“After that wreck, there’s a good chance that all three people will need blood,” he said.
According to the Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. One out of every 10 people admitted to a hospital needs blood and a single car accident victim can require as much as 100 units of blood. The Red Cross supplies 45 percent of the nation’s blood supply for nearly 3,000 hospitals across the country.
“People who come to give blood, we should treat them royally,” Leach said.