To The Sun:

Well, folks, even though the Red Cross bloodmobile crew arrived at the First Christian Church late on Aug. 21 (due to construction delays on U.S. 400), the event went quite smoothly that day and the following morning. A total of 70 units of blood were donated the first day, and 28 the next. Again we fell short of the Red Cross goal for the two days, but we only missed the goal by a few. It continues to amaze and impress me to see so many people dedicated to help save lives of individuals who they may or may not even know. Please encourage others to commit to this life-saving activity.

For this event, we had many donors reach gallon levels. These donors were  Dean Cramer, 25 gallons, Maria Head, 17, Marjorie Vogt, 10, Jim Kutz, eight, Michael Carter, seven, Peter Cook, six, Beverly Smith and Keith Akkerman, four, Diane Journot and Lisa Junken, three, Aaron Finley, Allison Ibbetson, Santa Broadwell, Michael George, Debbie Shaw and John Spooner, two, and Julie Hernandez, Warren Townsend, Greg Jarrett, Ashton Newell, Monica Broadwell and Brenna Hoppes, one.  Celiece Dhooghe was a first-time donor.

Sandwiches and beverages were offered to all of the participants, along with wonderful homemade cookies supplied by the VFW Auxiliary. I want to again thank all of the volunteers who continue to give their time and talents to make the blood drives function smoothly. I might add that we could use more volunteers, so if you have some time available and would like to be a part of the volunteer staff, please contact me and I will add you to the list.

The next blood drive will be from noon to 6 p .m. Monday, Oct. 22, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Arvon Phillips Community Center, sponsored by Labette Community College. 

Please plan to support this important program and make an appointment to donate blood to help those in need. The sooner you make your appointment, the more likely you can find a time slot that fits your schedule.

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS, or go on-line to www.redcross.org. Walk-ins are welcome, and the Red Cross crew is doing a much better job of working the walk-ins into the flow with only limited waiting time. As always, I want to remind everyone that the need for blood is constant. — DEAN CRAMER, bloodmobile coordinator

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