Letter to the Editor

Successful blood drive

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

We had another very successful Red Cross Blood Drive in Spirit Lake where we had registered 52 donors, received 45 units of blood (which was our goal), had eight donors of power red blood with only three deferrals.

Due to this recent COVID-19 pandemic, the protocol for donating blood changed. No one was able to give unless they had an appointment and were to be there no more than 15 minutes before their appointment and be no more than 15 minutes late. No walk-ins were permitted to give blood as we didnít want anyone waiting for obvious reasons. We also had 12 people who made appointments and were a "no show," which was a disappointment as we did have five walk-ins that could have been scheduled if we had known.

Our next blood drive will be Aug. 17 and please make appointments on line or by phone.

My thanks go out to those who so willingly volunteered : Diane and Manny Zempel, Carol Banta, Marion Morse and Grace Gerdes. Thanks also to the Senior Center for their help and this was a wonderful facility to accommodate this event.

Your generosity is most appreciated by those needing transfusions in trauma situations and for on-going treatment of chronic life-threatening illnesses. The supply of blood is in urgent need and this is commodity cannot be manufactured.

Karen Dokken

Co-coordinator for Spirit Lake