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Glencoe blood drive collected 141 units Nov. 18

To the Editor:
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the donors who took time out of their day on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to donate at the Glencoe Community Blood Drive.
The American Red Cross set our goal for this November drive at 131 units; we collected 141 units! Eighteen double-red donors were able to give 36 units and 105 donors gave single units. As we head into this busy season, the Red Cross needs to build a substantial inventory of blood due to a significant reduction in the number of donations after Dec. 15. Each unit collected may help up to three patients, so the 141 units collected on Nov. 18 may help up to 423 total patients. Awesome!
A fair number of donors used the new online tool called RapidPass, made available at the end of October by the American Red Cross, to speed up the check-in process prior to donating.  If you used this option, I would be interested to know how you felt about that new tool.
Each drive is a team effort!  A team of many diligent, efficient, and hard-working volunteers give behind-the-scene 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. My co-chair, Scheduling Coordinator Nelda Klaustermeier, and her team do the hard work before, during and after the drives preparing the donor schedules. We thank the Glencoe-Silver Lake National Honor Society members for again delivering publicity posters before the drive. Without all of your efforts, 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.
The American Red Cross collection supervisor, Debbi, said it best in her note to us: “Thanks for making a difference in many lives — there will be many ‘thankful’ recipients of your blood this Thanksgiving!”
Mark your 2016 calendars: the next Glencoe Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center.  My thanks to all of you for taking one of the blessings you have — the gift of life — and paying it forward.   Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Blessed Christmas!
Charleen Engelmann,
Glencoe Community Blood Drive