To The Sun:

The American Red Cross blood drive took place April 18 and 19 at First Christian Church in Parsons with a total of 97 units of blood donated. The drive did not reach the goal established by the Red Cross, which is based on the number of appointments scheduled, but the event was still a success. The 97 units of blood may save as many as 291 lives. The Red Cross staff was again efficient, and the event flowed (pardon the pun) smoothly.  

I wish to thank the Elks Lodge auxiliary for supplying the delicious homemade cookies for this drive. They were enjoyed by all who sampled them. Even though sandwiches are always a part of the snacks at the canteen area for donors to enjoy, the homemade cookies add a special touch. Thanks again.

There are several volunteers who help to make the blood drive a successful event. Many thanks to them for their efforts. 

Those reaching gallon levels at this event were: Morris Cares, 29 gallons; Lyle Lomas, 15; Juanita Alloway, 14; Laura Hummer, nine; Brian Collins, six; Amy Janssen-Montee, four; Allison Ibbetson, three; and Joe King, one. I congratulate you on your continued support of this important program.

The next blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the First Christian Church, 29th and Southern. Please plan to make time to support this important program and make an appointment to donate blood to help those in need.

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS, or go on-line to If you need assistance in making an appointment, please call me at (620) 778-6483, leave a message, and I will return your call to make arrangements.

It is easy for each of us to save lives by doing such a simple thing. If you have never participated, please come to the event to see how it all takes place. I hope to see you there. — DEAN CRAMER, Parsons bloodmobile coordinator

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