76-year-old man donates pint of blood for 300th time

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A real hero in the Cape Fear donated gallons of blood Tuesday afternoon at the American Red Cross Association.

It was a big day for 76-year-old Air Force Veteran Robert Ashmore.

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Not just because he did his usual by donating blood to save lives, but it was his 300th time giving blood.

“Up to three people can benefit from each donation, which means up to 900 people, and it makes me feel good. These are strangers,” Ashmore expressed. “Somebody I don’t know, but I’m able to help them through my donation.”

Ashmore said it all started when he was just 29-years-old, back in 1973.

Ashmore said he met a lady in San Diego who introduced him to the idea.

“It just turned out that she was in the administration for the San Diego Blood Bank, and when she gave me her card, and when we parted,” Ashmore explained. “She says ‘oh by the way, why don’t you come early and donate a pint before we go to lunch, and that’s what started me off.'”

He has been hooked ever since. Ashmore donates blood to the American Red Cross Association every eight weeks.

he said the goal is to make it to 400 pints by 93-years old.

“Donating blood is something keeps me healthier than the average person,” Ashmore expressed.