December 5, 2007 was a tragic day in Omaha. A gunman walked in to the Von Maur store at Westroads Mall and opened fire. Eight people were killed and the shooter took his life. Fred Wilson was a shooting victim that survived but nearly lost his life. He underwent several surgeries and blood transfusion. Today, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in Wilson’s honor.
Wilson says, “I’m an example of someone who needed blood. Who needed help and made it possible for me to tell the tale today. The need for blood is great and one never knows when one will need blood. It impacts all of us.”
He says the American Red Cross is there for those in need and he was made more aware of this on that fateful day.
The blood drive will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Omaha Chapter on South 80th Avenue.