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Jim Peirson was honored with a plaque by The American Red Cross for donating 50 gallons of platelets.

Blood donor recognized for lifetime of giving

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It was not a Purple Heart or the Presidential Citizens Medal or even an Employee of the Month award that New Richmond native Jim Peirson received earlier this month.

Just above the iconic Red Cross the placard reads, " ...in gratitude for your extraordinary personal commitment to helping sustain the lives of countless patients through your own generous donation of 50 gallons of platelets, January 2013."

Peirson remembers the first time he gave blood.

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