When tragedy touched Jeanie Baltz’s family a half century ago, she did something that would touch the lives of hundreds of others — she started donating blood. Fifty years later, those donations are credited with saving 550 lives.

The 71-year-old Baltz says she always “felt the need to give back” ever since her younger sister nearly died and needed a transfusion.

“I would donate blood to try to save people like her,” Baltz told KFSM in the video below. She’s donated 23.5 gallons of blood in the last 50 years.

You have to wait 56 days between donations, and Baltz has already made an appointment for her next one — on May 25.

(WATCH the video below from WSBT-5)

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