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Post Office sets blooddrive in memoryof longtime employee

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Robertson worked 41 years for Postal Service 

By JOETTE PHILLIPSCommunications Manager,American Red Cross

A “pillar of the post office” is how co-workers describe the late Charles Robertson.

“Everybody knew Charlie. Everyone loved Charlie. He did just about every job here from carrying mail to clerk.  I think he even got management once or twice,” said Postmaster Kelly Jordan.

In February, Charles Robertson was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Soon after, he underwent a 17-hour surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Other surgeries followed.

“He asked us to have a blood drive for him,” Jordan said. “I told Charlie I would check into it. I started making phone calls to the Red Cross and got the ball rolling.”

Cancer patients can use up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of platelets throughout their treatment course.

The blood drive originally intended to honor Charles Robertson is now celebrating his memory. Robertson died on March 31.

“I think everybody wants to join in, especially now that’s he’s passed away.  Charlie was really friendly with customers and co-workers. He loved his job. He was planning to retire this year,” Jordan said.

You can help cancer patients like Charles Robertson by donating blood in his memory on Wednesday, May 27, from noon to 5 p.m. at the United States Postal Service Donor Coach located at 226 Gay Street in Lebanon.

Anyone presenting to donate blood at an “And the Beat Goes On” themed blood drive will receive a music-inspired T-shirt, while supplies last.

Individuals 17 years of age and older (16 with completed Parental Consent Form), weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health, may be eligible to donate blood. The entire process – from check-in to refreshment time in the canteen after donation – normally takes about an hour.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, donors should call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit bloodisneeded.org. Donors are reminded to bring a photo ID.

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