Another successful community blood drive

Dear Editor:

Certain times of the year present unique challenges for for collecting blood—most typically around holidays. While the need for blood never goes away, blood donors sometimes do.  Vacations, family visits, parties, celebrations, seasonal traditions, and holiday activities can fill schedules and leave little time for donating blood. When that happens, the Red Cross sees a drop in blood donations.

Congratulations and thanks to all blood donors and others who contributed in multiple ways to a very successful summer blood drive hosted at Christ the King Fellowship Hall June 9. The goal was 125 units and 141 productive units of blood were collected. Eight were first time donors. Susanne Johnson was recognized for completion of donations totaling 8 gallons.

Thank you to telephone callers who contacted previous donors to schedule appointments. They included: Ruth Becklin, Becky Carlson, Arlene Ringer, Laurie Hoheisel, Janet Greer, Marilyn Nold, Nancy Koczur, Sonja Thiry, Nancy From, Donna Whitney, Candy Koepp, Myrna Hendrickson and Karen Muhlhauser.  Volunteering at the actual blood drive were Barb Anderson, Barb Guettschoff, Sharon Schornstein, Nancy Rooney, Cleone Clayton, Maureen Ryan, Patty Jakovich, Sue Olson, Lynette Anderson, Norma Larson, Ev Flanagan, Mary Lindgren, Pat Vincent, Jo Macki, Joan Porter and Shirley McFarlane.

Christ the King women’s Group donated delicious cookies for the canteen. Cambridge Medical Center provided postage for mailing reminder cards to previous donors. Thank you to the Cambridge Star and the Isanti County News for publicizing the Red Cross blood drive.

The next Cambridge Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cambridge Lutheran Church located on North Main. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information on how to volunteer or donate.

The need for blood is constant. The gratification is instant.  Give blood.

Konnie O’Neil
Cambrige Community Red Cross Volunteer
Blood Drive Coordinator