Another successful blood drive

Dear Editor:

September is National Preparedness Month. Maintaining a sufficient blood supply is just one activity that the American Red Cross engages in on a daily basis to make sure our nation is prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.

September 8, 2011 the Cambridge Community hosted a Red Cross blood drive at Cambridge Lutheran Church. Our goal was 130 productive units. Although our goal was not met, we did collect 119 productive units. Receiving recognition for completion of 1 gallon: Cory Mathson and Michael Atkins, 2 gallons:  Jim Dehn, 3 gallons:  Marvin Nuorala, and 14 gallons:  Mike Thom.

Sincere appreciation to Cambridge Lutheran Church for the use of their facilities and also donating coffee and delicious cookies for donors in the canteen area. McDonald’s donated orange drink. The Star, the Isanti County News and numerous other businesses publicized the upcoming blood drive. Thank you to telephone callers who called previous donors to schedule appointments. They included:  Ruth Becklin, Becky Carlson, Jan Elder, Janet Greer, Laurie Hoheisel, Nancy Koczur, Karen Muhlhauser, Marilyn Nold, Arlene Ringer and Sonja Thiry.  Volunteers at the blood drive included:  Jerry Norberg, Marvin Nuorala, Barb Nuorala, Marlys Botten, Lavonne Stendahl, Charles Stendahl, Nancy Peabody, Carol Boushee, Maureen Ryan, Cleone Clayton, Dorothy Nelson, Al Nelson, Sue Olson, Patty Jakovich, Lynette Anderson, Jeanne Watson, Pat Hanson and Patrick O’Neil.  Thank you for all that you do.

The next Cambridge Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday, January 6, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cambridge First Baptist Church.  Contact or 1-800-Red Cross to schedule an appointment to donate.

Konnie O’Neil
Cambridge Community Red Cross
Volunteer Coordinator