drive exceeds goal
“We are thrilled that we not only met our goal of 76 units this time, but we surpassed it by collecting 93 usable units!” commented Brenda Kaschmitter, blood drive co-chair.
There were 71 ‘regular’ units and 11 ‘double’ units (which count for 22) collected. During a ‘double’ red cell donation, blood is drawn from one arm and channeled through a sterile single-use collection set to an automated machine. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back through the same arm. Donors have to meet specific criteria in order to donate the two units of blood; height, weight, age and have a specific blood type.
“Once again a big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers; without them this blood drive would not be possible; Judy Forsman, Joyce Lorentz, Linda Arnzen, Sylvia Uhling, Kathy Stubbers, Sally Rehder, Kathy Kuther, Theresa Uptmor and VFW Post 491” said Donna Quick, blood drive co-chair. “The volunteer duties include, making lunch for the Vitalant workers, checking in and escorting donors, and offering maple bars, water and juice. We have some of the best volunteers around.” said Quick.
Co-chairs; Brenda and Donna would also like thank the employees of St. Mary’s Hospital for their wonderful support of the blood drive by coming in and donating. The hospital also purchases the maple bars, fruit and vegetables the donors enjoy after giving blood.
The next blood drive will be held on June 25, 2019; if you would like to make an appointment to give that day please contact Brenda Kaschmitter at 962-3251 or you self-schedule by going online at www.vitalant.org.