Granton Schoessow Twins Hold
Third Annual Birthday Blood Drive 2024

Elizabeth Arndt 2024 

March 27, Elizabeth Arndt, a student at Granton High School, chose the third annual Schoessow’s Birthday Blood Drive, hosted at Granton High School and put on by Caleb and Abby Schoessow,
as the spot for her first blood drive donation. Arndt had seen a promotion for it and was curious if she could give blood. “It’s a good way to help people,” Arndt said.   

  Edward DuBois/Clark County Press.  

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood. In Granton, Caleb and Abby Schoessow, along with their parents, hosted their third annual blood drive March 27 in partnership with the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to address the national blood crisis.

The event saw 76 people come forward to donate blood. Due to the concerted efforts of the Schoessow twins and their dedicated team, 50 individuals donated whole blood, while an additional 10 contributed double-red blood cells, resulting in a total of 70 units of blood collected. This act of generosity will impact the lives of 219 residents in central Wisconsin, as every unit collected can save up to three lives. ”  

Choosing to collaborate with the Versiti Blood Center was a decision by the twins, as Versiti serves as the primary supplier to the Marshfield Medical Center and over 50 other hospitals in the region. By partnering with Versiti, Caleb and Abby Schoessow ensured their contributions would directly benefit those in need within their local community.

Reflecting on the day’s achievements, Abby Schoessow expressed gratitude for the remarkable turnout of first-time donors.

“[March 27], we had 20 first-time donors step forward, which is truly fantastic,” Abby Schoessow said. “Our youngest donor just turned 16-years old two weeks ago, while our oldest was 82. This underscores the fact that anyone can make a difference through blood donation.

“We hope that this act of kindness inspires others to make regular blood donation a part of their lives.” Caleb Schoessow echoed his sister’s sentiments, highlighting the significant participation from their school community.

“We had 13 students from our school join us in donating blood [March 27], which accounts for just over a quarter of our high school population,” Caleb Schoessow said. “Their support underscores the spirit of unity and compassion that defines the Granton school and our amazing community.”

The success of the blood drive has reinforced the commitment of Caleb and Abby Schoessow to continue their efforts in supporting their community.

The next Versiti community blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, at Zion Lutheran Church in Granton, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled online at or by calling 1-877-232-4376 (Be A Hero). For media inquiries or further information, please contact Courtney Schoessow.  

If a perspective donator cannot find a time slot that meets their needs, reach out to Courtney Schoessow at 715-937-0856.  


Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 3, 2024

Transcribed by Dolores M. Kenyon, April 5, 2024.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, April 6, 2024. 

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