Letter to the Editor

Another successful drive

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

We had another successful Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 21. We registered 31 donors, collected 29 pints of blood and recruited three first-time donors. We also had to defer several for various reasons. We began an hour earlier at noon and no one had to wait over a few minutes to donate.

On behalf of the American Red Cross, I wish to express my deep appreciation and say "thank you" to every donor, volunteer and support person who participated in the Oct. 21 blood drive in Spirit Lake. A special thanks go to Grace Lutheran Church for providing a wonderful place for this to happen.

Our blood banks are dangerously low and, because we cannot manufacture blood, it is so important to do what we can to increase our supply.

We had gracious and wiling volunteers and for that I am certainly grateful. A big thank you to Gloria Ditsworth, Judy Hagadorn, Carolyn Vincilli, Mary Lempiainen and Grace Gerdes.

You all made a difference in someone's life and your generosity is most appreciated by those needing transfusions in trauma situations and for on-going treatment of chronic life-threatening illnesses.

Mark your calendar for Jan. 27, 2020 and let's make our total to 50. I know we can do it!

Karen Dokken

Blood Drive Chairwoman