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Nov. 15 community blood drive collects 101 units

To the Editor:
The final 2017 Glencoe Community Blood Drive was held Wednesday, Nov. 15. The American Red Cross (ARC) set our goal at 117 units; we collected 101 units. There were 97 presenting donors, seven of whom were deferred (unable to donate at this drive) and four were incomplete donations. Seventy donors were able to donate one unit each, and 16 power red (double-red) donors were able to donate 31 units (one incomplete, able to donate one unit). There were 20 no-shows and eight walk-ins.
The ARC is grateful for any and all units that are collected. The demand is great and needs to be filled. Each unit collected may help up to three people, so the 101 total units may provide hope and life to 303 patients! Thank you to all the donors who took time out of their day to give their gift of life!
Thank you to our Scheduling Coordinator Nelda Klaustermeier and the 19 additional volunteers who provided their time and services during this blood drive: Dorothy, Jan, Cheryl, Elrena, Joan, Barb S., Diane, Carol, Mary, Elaine, Gloria, Joyce, Barb B., Germayne, Judy, Sharel, Linda, Marne and Sharon. The volunteer workers do calling, publicity, greeting and registering, serving canteen, observing, and cooking. Thank you also to members of the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School National Honor Society (through their Adviser Carol Silus) for distributing advertising posters to area businesses and restaurants.
Special thanks to the local businesses who continue to provide us with support for the three community blood drives each year: Glencoe City Center and its custodians Sue and Brad, Coborns, Security Bank, and The McLeod County Chronicle. Thrivent Financial Action Team provided financial support. Keebler Corporation continues its national support of the ARC with donations of Keebler products for the after-donation snacks.
The ARC team arrived before 11:30 a.m. and left after 8 p.m. They always admire the setting of the City Center ballroom for the drives. (It is fun when you hear some “Wows” when they walk in.) It is a long day for the team, and they also appreciate the light meal provided to them in the late afternoon. Their note at the end of the day says it best: “Thank you for a great day and for the awesome meal!!”
Our first community blood drive for 2018 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center ballroom. Many donors have pre-registered for their April appointments. If you want to fill an open time slot, please call Nelda Klaustermeier at 320-864-3475.
Finally, I want to remember and acknowledge a volunteer who passed away this past September: Madonna Stuedemann. For decades, Madonna was a faithful caller setting up appointments for the blood drive. In fact, she was one of the callers for the blood drive held this past July 2017. We are grateful for the service she gave to the ARC for so many years. Madonna will be missed.
My thanks to all of you for taking one of the blessings you have — the gift of life — and paying it forward. May you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Blessed Christmas, and a safe and healthy New Year!
Charleen Engelmann,
Glencoe Community
Blood Drive