Appreciation shown for Cambridge blood drive

Dear Editor:

Thursday, June 7, 2012 the Cambridge Community along with Christ the King Catholic Church hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive. Our goal was productive 120 units. Seventy-one total units of blood were collected. While we are certainly thankful for those 71 units, it’s very disappointing to have Red Cross collection staff and local volunteers prepared for 120+ donors and fall far short of goal. You can be sure that I will be meeting with Red Cross recruitment staff to explore what factors contributed to this deficit and what we can do to correct it at future blood drives. Currently, distributions of blood products to hospitals are starting to outpace donations, creating a great need for all eligible donors. Each day an average of 44,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the United States. That blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

Sincere appreciation to Christ the King Catholic Parish for the use of their fellowship hall plus supplying coffee and delicious cookies for donors. Thank you to McDonald’s for the donation of orange drink for the canteen area. Community volunteers included: Shirley McFarlane, Karn Mulhauser, Nancy Rooney, Linda Seaberg, Maureen Ryan, Sandy Bloomquist, Jeanne Watson, Norma Larson, Nick Reiners, Lynette Anderson, Ev Flanagan, Penni Hergert, Joan Porter, Mary Lindgren, Joann Macki, Linda Kramer, Joan Larson and Patrick O’Neil.  Sentenced to Serve participants helped with unloading and loading the Red Cross truck.

The next Cambridge Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.

Konnie O’Neil
Cambridge Community Red Cross
Blood Volunteer Coordinator

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