To The Sun:

A simple thank you will never be enough to express the true appreciation that I and the American Red Cross have for our local donors and volunteer workers who so willingly give of their “Gift of Life” and time at each community blood drive. Their generosity and support of this vital community service is a blessing to so many in need of blood and blood products. It is a comforting thought to one and all to know that these outstanding donors give us the assurance that blood will be available when needed.

The two-day “Save Someone’s Life This Summer” blood drive held at the First Christian Church Wednesday and Thursday was successful in spite of the heat and many donors being on vacation as 105 productive units of blood were collected. Since each unit of blood has the potential of helping or saving the life of three individuals, 315 people in need will be blessed with this precious commodity. Five first time donors attended the drive.

A special recognition goes out to our local news media who did an excellent job in promoting this blood drive, to those who distributed blood drive posters, to the Lady Elks Auxiliary for the delicious homemade cookies, to members of the First Christian Church for the use of the fellowship hall and for all of the help provided before, during and after the drive and to the outstanding employees of the Parsons Fire Department for helping the Wichita crew in setting up the drive and reloading the truck at the end of the drive. I cannot emphasize how wonderful it is to live in a community of helpful and caring residents.

The next Parsons Community blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the First Christian Church, 1500 S. 29th.

Mark these dates on your calendar or better yet, call 1 800 RED CROSS or go to today to make an appointment. Blood drives are held to unite donors and workers while helping to save lives. I look forward to seeing you at the August blood drive. — ERLENE CARES, Parsons blood drive coordinator

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