IN HONOR OF RITA
For anyone that knew the late Rita Buehler, they knew that she was a very kind and community minded person.
Aside from impacting hundreds of lives through teaching kindergarten and first grade at Kasson-Mantorville for 28 years, she also helped save over 300 lives through her generous blood donations.
Because donating blood was something that Buehler enjoyed so much, a group of friends that taught with her for so many years got together one day and decided that they should hold a blood drive in honor of her.
One of the things that the group decided on was making the goal of at least 100 donors, since Buehler had donated over 100 pints in her lifetime.
Beth Postier, one of the organizers of the blood drive explained that, usually blood drives have on average 20-30 donors, so when they proposed a goal of at least 100, the American Red Cross was a little hesitant.
That’s because they didn’t know the impact that Buehler had in the community.
After initial sign-ups 75 people have already confirmed that they will be donating, with still a few weeks to go to sign-up along with the chance of people signing up the same day.
Because of the amount of blood that Buehler donated in her lifetime, Postier explained that they felt the goal was something that would honor her.
“I have known Rita all 28 years that she taught at K-M. And she has always been a blood donor. Because she had over 100 pints we thought that it would be wonderful to have 100 donors. This was something that was so important in her life. We just thought it would be something special that we could give back,”Postier said.
Buehler’s son Luke, said that he feels very honored that the American Red Cross is having a blood drive in honor of his mom and for the generous people who are organizing it.
I feel very honored that the American Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive in memory of my mom, and I am especially thankful for all the people who have spent so much time in planning and supporting it,” he said. “Everyday I am reminded of how remarkable she was and still is, and continue to remember how much she loved everyone. I aspire to love my kids one day the same as she loved me and my sister,” he added.
Because the blood drive is so close to her birthday, the group decided that they will also have a birthday cake, in celebration of her birthday, and to wish her a “heavenly birthday.”
The blood drive is scheduled for Friday, March 1 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Kasson from 1-7 p.m.
To sign up go to redcrossblood.org.