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A Real Lifesaver: Delhi Man Donates 25 Gallons of Blood

By Rosie Cunningham


Robert Peet poses at the United Ministry Church in Delhi after he donated his 25th gallon of blood. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Robert Peet poses at the United Ministry Church in Delhi after he donated his 25th gallon of blood. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Delhi resident Robert Peet achieved a rare blood donation milestone Tuesday - he has given 25 gallons of blood in 200 visits.

“I donated for the first time in January of 1962,” said Peet, following his 200th visit to donate blood to the Red Cross at the United Ministry Church in Delhi. “I would say on average, I do this about four times each year.”

Charles Hill brought a giant cookie for his longtime friend to mark the occasion.

“I have been giving blood with him since 1980,” he said. “It’s inspiring - 25 gallons.”

Peet, who is a retired funeral director of Hall & Peet Funeral Home in Delhi, said donating is “such an easy thing to do.”

“The need is constant,” he said. “I am giving back by taking time out of my day to simply lie down for a bit.”

The 75-year-old said he has always encouraged others to take part.

“It’s definitely worthwhile,” he added. “I have been blessed with good health all of my life and this is my way of paying it forward.”

Each visit, an individual donates a pint of blood and for those who are resistant to the thought of giving blood, Peet said it’s a simple and painless process.

“It doesn’t hurt,” he said. “I would say it’s not even as uncomfortable as a mosquito bite. If you are apprehensive, just relax.”

To find a local blood drive, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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