Letter to the Editor

To the editor,

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Red Cross Blood Drive on May 17, 2021, was a bit of a disappointment. We did not even reach our goal of 53 units and had 10 no shows. That is very disappointing as some wanted to give and couldn’t obtain an appointment. We were able to fit three walk-ins in some of the vacant slots. Please, please, if you are unable to come at your appointed time or have no intention of coming when you make the appointment, please leave it open for others who will show up and give. We are able to again take a limited amount of walk-ins if we are able to accommodate them because of no shows.

We did have 41 presenting donors with a total of 32 units and eight double reds for a total of 40 units. We also had five deferrals. Come on Spirit Lake, we can do better than this when blood is so badly needed.   

On behalf of the American Red Cross, I wish to express my deep appreciation and say thank you to all the volunteers and donors. Those volunteering were, Cheryl Petersen, Mary Lempiainen, Grace Gerdes, Diane and Manny Zempel and Shirley Gillespie. Manny and Diane will be relocating to Mankato, and we will miss them as they have been so faithful to help. I am so thankful for the donors as well as all the volunteers who so graciously give of their time willingly.

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. Another benefit is when you are a donor, you are tested for COVID-19 antibodies.       

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 Aug. 16, 2021, and lets all pull together and make the August drive a much more successful drive.

Karen Dokken

Local blood drive chairman

American Red Cross