January is Blood Donor Month

Dear Editor:

More than 38,000 units of blood are required every day for use in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities nationwide.  But each winter brings a seasonal shortage of blood due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illnesses.  That’s why January has been designated National Blood Donor Month—to encourage donors to give blood.

The Cambridge Community responded to this call January 5 and 6, 2012 by hosting a two day Red Cross Blood Drive at First Baptist Church. The total goal was 145 units of blood. 133 units of blood were collected. Daman Patrick received special recognition for donating a total of 8 gallons.

Many volunteers, in addition to the donors, contributed to make this a successful event. They included Laurie Hoheisel, Candy Koepp, Nancy Koczur, Jan Elder, Jody Dobe, Arleen Ringer, Marilyn Nold, Mindy Peterson, Karen Muehlhauser, Sonja Thiry, Patrick O’Neil, Becky Carlson, Shirley McFarlane, Jean Anderson, Lynette Anderson, Carol Boushee, Barb Guetschoff, Nancy Peabody, Hugh Peabody, Ev Flanagan, Dorothy Nelson, Al Nelson, Patty Jakovich, Pat Hanson, Nancy Rooney, Jeanne Watson and Norma Larson. Thank your for all you do to make our donors feel special and appreciated.

First Baptist Church gets special thanks for allowing us to use their spacious facility. Thank you to Cambridge Medical Center for mailing appointment cards to previous donors.  McDonalds for providing orange beverage for donors in the canteen area. Becky Carlson deserves extra kudos for baking homemade treats for the canteen area and staffing the kitchen both days. Local newspapers and businesses publicized the blood drive.

The next Cambridge Red Cross Blood Drive will be March 12, 2012 at the American Legion Lower Level, 200 SE Second Avenue, Cambridge, MN 1-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment or get more information go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Sincere thanks to all who contribute in any way to this very worthy cause.

Konnie O’Neil
Red Cross Blood Services
Cambridge Volunteer Coordinator