March is Red Cross Month. Throughout its 130-year history, the American Red Cross has helped millions of people in times of need thanks to generous support of volunteers. From large scale national disasters like the earthquake in Japan, to local house and apartment fires response, stable blood and platelet supply for patients, the giving spirit of volunteers makes this support happen every day.
Due to the severe weather the nation experiences this winter, the Red Cross had more than 28,000 scheduled blood and platelet donations canceled. It is thanks to the response of volunteer blood drive coordinators and volunteer blood and platelet donors that patient needs continued to be met during this difficult time.
On March 14, the Cambridge community and American Legion Auxiliary Post 291 hosted a Red Cross blood drive. Although the goal of 91 productive units was not met, 56 donors did present at the blood drive and 56 productive units were collected. Receiving special recognition were Joe Washleski for completion of nine gallons and Jackie Ostrom for three gallons. Congratulations and thank you for your on going support.
Previous donors were contacted by Red Cross staff to schedule appointments. Local individual who volunteered their time at the blood drive included: Carol Bousche, Dorothy Nelson, Al Nelson, Jeanne Watson, Norma Larson, Penni Hergert, Jan Sundberg, Ev Flanagan, Pat Golden and Barb Guetschoff. Thank you to the Legion Auxiliary for delicious homemade cookies in the canteen and a warm meal for Red Cross staff and volunteers. The blood drive was publicized through the Isanti County News and the Cambridge Star, and notices and posters at local schools, churches and businesses.
The next blood drive in Cambridge will be Thursday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church parish hall. To schedule an appointment online go to www.redcross.org or contact Konnie O’Neil, volunteer Red Cross blood drive coordinator, at 763-689-3653.
Konnie O’Neil, Coordinator
Cambridge community Red Cross blood drive