McCloud residents Val Cary and Margaret Stoner both say they will keep giving blood as long as they are able.

McCloud residents Val Cary and Margaret Stoner both say they will keep giving blood as long as they are able.

“I started giving when I was in the service in World War II and I just assume I’ll keep doing it if it helps somebody,” said Cary, age 87.

He was recognized by BloodSource of Redding last week after giving his 20th gallon of blood – that is 160 donations.

“We are proud of him for being so generous,” said Marilyn Black, who is a blood donor herself and supplies the homemade goodies when BloodSource comes to McCloud once every six weeks. She is affiliated with the women’s service association, which sponsors the blood drives in McCloud.

Margaret Stoner said she started giving blood back in 1946 when the blood bank would come to McCloud via the train. “We would get on the train to donate blood. Then they moved to the elementary school and now they come to the Legion,” said Stoner. “I quit giving at age 75 because I thought I was too old to give by then. But three years ago when Amy Bourke had her liver transplant in 2010, I started giving again and have been since. Apparently there is no age limit, as long as you are healthy enough.”