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Letter to the editor

To the editor,
The final Glencoe Community Blood Drive for 2018 was held Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross set our goal at 105 units, and we exceeded that goal by collecting 111 units: 84 whole blood units and 27 from power red units.
The Red Cross is in such dire straits for their blood supply that they are happy with any number of units that we are able to collect. Surpassing the goal was frosting on the cake. Each unit collected may help up to three people, so the 111 total units may provide hope and life to 333 patients.
Many donors took time out of their day to give their gift of life.
There were also many people who helped make the event a success.
Our scheduling coordinator Nelda Klaustermeier and the 14 additional volunteers donated their time and services before and during this blood drive. The group includes Barb B., Janet, Mary, Dee, Marne, Marge, Miriam, Linda, Elrena, Sharon, Barb S., Karen, Janet, and Germayne. The volunteer workers do calling, publicity, greeting and registering, preparing and serving canteen, and cooking.
Members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School National Honor Society (through their advisor Carol Silus) distributed advertising posters to area businesses and restaurants.
Local businesses continue to provide us with support for the three community blood drives each year. Glencoe City Center provides the historic venue with setup by their custodians Sue and Brad; Coborns donates cheese; Security Bank provides banking services; McLeod County Chronicle provides community publicity in the local newspaper; and the local radio station KDUZ/KARP provides free public service announcements for the drive. Keebler Corporation continues their national support of the ARC with donations of Keebler products for the after-donation snacks. Thrivent Financial Action Team provided financial support to cover the cost of additional refreshments served to the donors after their donations, and food for the meal served to the ARC staff.
The ARC staff arrived before 11:30 a.m. for setup, and departed after 8 p.m. They arrived with seven interview booths, eight whole-blood beds, and four Power Red (double-red) beds.
They always admire the setting of the City Center ballroom for the drives. It is always fun when you hear ‘Wow’ from some of the staff who have never been to this setting before, when they first walk in the door.) It is a long day for the ARC staff, and they appreciate the light meal provided to them in the late afternoon.
Each drive is a team effort, comprised of volunteers, ARC staff, and most importantly, the donors. The efforts of the volunteers help us fulfill our lifesaving mission to the American Red Cross. The donors take one of the blessings they have been given – the gift of life – and faithfully pay it forward. Each drive is truly a community team effort for which the American Red Cross and its recipients are grateful.
The next Glencoe Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Glencoe City Center ballroom, from 1-7 p.m. If you would like to preregister for a time slot, please contact Nelda Klaustermeier at 320-864-3475.
May you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving, a blessed Christmas, and a safe and healthy New Year.
Charleen Engelmann,
coordinator, Glencoe
Community Blood Drive