- This week the North Central Chapter of the Red Cross will honor local heroes. We're highlighting one who doesn't consider himself a hero at all.
Since 1952 Godfrey Gabriel has donated blood like clock-work. The first time he had some extra incentive.
"I was in boot camp out in New Jersey, and they said anybody who gives a pint of blood, can have a weekend pass in Atlantic City,” said Gabriel with a smile.
He also says the free lunches are a big motivator, but that's not the whole story.
He estimates the 128 pints of blood he's donated over the years could have helped around 500 hundred people.
"[You] contribute to people you don't even know, and it costs you nothing. So it's been very, satisfying I think is the right word. And I would recommend it to anybody," said Gabriel.
Now at 83 years old, medication stops Gabriel from donating any more, but a healthy donor can give blood 6 times per year. Each liter of blood can help up to 3 people.
On Thursday at the Real Heroes Banquet, the Red Cross will honor Gabriel for the nearly 16 gallons of blood he's donated.
Written By: Kailey Burton