Growing up, Dave Hajny of Hastings had a great role model for donating blood.
No matter how busy he was with work as an engineer for the 10/11 TV station and other responsibilities, Hajny's father, Emil, always made time to donate blood at the Hastings City Auditorium.
"When I was a little kid, or just growing up, my dad would go to the auditorium four times a year and he was a lot busier than I ever was and worked a lot harder than I ever did," Hajny said. "I thought if he could do it I could do it."
Hajny, a 57-year-old engineer for BNSF Railway, arrived at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Thursday shortly before his 1 p.m. appointment, just like he always does after 56 days — the minimum amount of time allowed between donations.