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Drive collects 114 units; volunteers appreciated

To the Editor:
Thank you to all of the donors who took time out of their day on Wednesday, July 29, to donate at the Glencoe Community Blood Drive.  
The American Red Cross set our goal for this summer drive at 130 units; we collected 114 units. Fifteen double-red donors were able to give 29 units and 85 donors gave single units. Blood donations decline during the summer when vacations may cause some donors to be less available to give. Many schools where blood drives are held are out of session during the summer months, which makes the summer an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients.
Blood is needed for a variety of reasons: accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and sickle cell disease all need blood. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of lifesaving transfusions. The 114 units you donated may support up to 342 people who truly need this gift of life.
Very many volunteers give behind-the-scenes and up-front support for the community blood drives, including community support from Coborn’s, Security Bank & Trust, The McLeod County Chronicle and Glencoe City Center. We thank all of you for your efforts; without you we couldn’t fulfill our lifesaving mission to the American Red Cross. We also thank Thrivent Financial Action Team for financial support for the drive. I especially want to thank Noreen Schuette for her day-long assistance to my co-chair Nelda Klaustermeier during my absence at this drive. It was so very much appreciated!
The next scheduled Glencoe Community Blood Drive is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18,  from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center. Mark your calendars. Make (and keep) an appointment. The life you save may belong to someone you love. Thank you for your continued support.
Charleen Engelmann,
Glencoe Community
Blood Drive