To The Sun:

Wow! I was concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect the blood drive last Thursday and Friday. But the total number of donated units for the event was 95. That was a wonderful turnout, and I am very proud of the Parsons area community for participating.

Special thanks goes to Parsons USD 503 Superintendent Lori Ray and the high school maintenance staff for allowing the drive to be moved to the high school auxiliary gym to comply with the necessary social distancing requirements. The change worked well, and the donors adapted to the new location easily and smoothly.

Those individuals reaching gallon milestones include: Carl Carey, 23 gallons, Rick Pearce, 20, Bonnie Hess, 16, Lyle George, 14, Ann Charles, 13, Barney Pontious, 11, Beth Robison and Beverly Smith, five, and Clarence White and Mary Munoz, one.

Because of the outbreak, the volunteer staff was reduced to two registration personnel and myself. Dee and Annetta — thank you. It was uncomfortable not having kitchen staff, timekeepers or escorts, but it was a successful event in spite of the changes.

The next blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, at the First Christian Church. However, this future event may be moved to the high school again if the social distancing restrictions are still in place. Either way, please plan to donate. The need for blood is always constant. — DEAN CRAMER, Parsons blood drive coordinator

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