To The Sun:

Ladies and gentlemen, I was really concerned about the response we would get this drive event due to it being the holiday season, and because of illness. But the Parsons area folks came through with flying colors. The goal for the two-day event was 106 units, and we exceeded the goal with a total of 110 units. Those who come to donate give of their time and their blood to share in the effort of saving people’s lives, people that they probably don’t know. That is a precious gift to give any time, especially at Christmas. Please spread the word about how easy it is to participate in this important and wonderful life-saving activity.

There were many donors who reached even-gallon levels at this event. These donors were: Gale Dringenberg, 23 gallons; Chuck Perrier, 14; Rick Paulie and Ramona Smith, 13; Nancy Steinert, 10; Jim Bogner, nine; Chuck Pasek, eight; Georgia Greninger and Tracy Gilmore, four; Sandra Shearhart-Baker, three; and Robert Gibbs, Luke Gilmore and Mike Martinie, one.

Shelly Phillips, Brittany Daniels, Clarence White and Baylee Montee were first-time donors. Sandwiches and beverages were offered to all of the participants, along with wonderful homemade cookies supplied by the Ideal FCE unit. And Erlene Cares provided several cheese balls for this December holiday event that were special treats for all who sampled them.

Again, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make this blood drive, and all of the other blood drives, a successful event. Without you we wouldn’t be saving lives. 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. If I don’t get enough volunteers, they may cut my pay.

The next blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Arvon Phillips Community Center, sponsored by Labette Community College, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. 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 Walk-ins are welcome. As always, I want to remind everyone that the need for blood is constant. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. — DEAN CRAMER, Parsons bloodmobile coordinator

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