Letter to the Editor

To the editor

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 18 had a much better turn out than August, of which I am so grateful. We continue to have people making appointments and not showing up, preventing others from giving because they could not make an appointment. We had six no-shows and my goal is zero no-shows. Please donít make an appointment if you are not coming.

We had 51 presenting donors with a total of 39 units and four double-reds for a total of 47 units. We had five deferrals, one incomplete and two brand-new donors. We are so excited when we have some new donors. We were unable to accommodate two walk-ins. We were steady all afternoon, and we are so pleased with those that came and gave their time and blood.

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, Judy Jensen, Grace Gerdes and JoAnn Gano. 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 someoneís 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. 24, 2022, and go on the Red Cross Blood Service website and make an appointment. Letís all pull together and make the January blood drive a huge success.

Karen Dokken, chairman