For anyone wondering if there is an age limit for being able to give blood, meet Mr. James Biggs.
He’s a recent blood donor. He’s also 104 years old. Mr. Biggs gave at the Love Field Masonic Lodge as part of the Masonic Gift of Life Blood Drive. A self-professed “talker,” he says he enjoyed good conversation while he made his lifesaving donation. “Later that night I was setting up chairs for an event and got a little light headed,” he explains. “Everyone got excited, but I was just fine.”
This from a man who was born the year Theodore Roosevelt was president, served as a Naval Officer in World War II, and is an 82-year member of the Texas Grand Lodge. Today Mr. Biggs remains active in his community, emails his friends and enjoys a good book on historical events – especially those pertaining to the United States Navy. He also enjoys taking one-mile walks on the historical Katy Trail near his apartment.
Mr. Biggs first gave blood before the Second World War. “I remember there was a young boy who was shot, and I gave blood to help,” he recalls. Today, a little older and a little wiser, his motive for giving remains the same. “I just help out when I can.”
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This article was featured five years ago in an issue of AboutLife. If you’d like to know what Mr. Biggs is up to today, click here! “Proud, but not pompous. Fulfilled, though certainly not finished.” Dallas Morning News