Letter: Blood drive

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Thank you, Patrick County! Twenty-three equivalent units of whole blood were collected with a goal of 41 units at the recent blood drive. That translates to helping as many as 69 people.

August average wait-time, from “arrival to table,” was 20 minutes, which is the national average.

Thanks to all donors who took time out of their day to do their part to help others in need. Always remember, every donor counts and is gratefully appreciated. And every person who presents makes a difference.

Volunteers working during the blood drive were Christine and Laura Citrano, Patty Brunner, Linda Smith, Betty Holt, Judi Sanburn, Willie Mae Ray, Ron Manning, Everett Rakes and John Johnson. Thanks, volunteers, for all you do. We miss Michele.

Thank you, Sheppard’s Body Repair, a second-year sponsor, for sponsoring this month’s blood drive.

September’s scheduled sponsor is Norris Funeral Services in Patrick Springs.

News flash: there will be a new date and time starting in September for the blood drive. Next month’s blood drive is scheduled on Tuesday, September 12, at Rotary Field in the John D. Hooker Memorial Building from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s now going to be held on the second Tuesday of every month.

Please consider giving blood. Make a difference in your life as well as in the lives of others in need.

Remember, a successful blood drive = donors + sponsors + volunteers + Red Cross. Each one is as important as the other.

Thank you again for making the August blood drive a success.

Gene Stirewalt,
Blood Drive
Coordinator