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Letter To The Editor - Blood Donation

 

Madonna Price

Volunteer Coordinator

LaGrange Co. Red Cross

 

To the Editor:

I heard that 38 percent of the people in the U.S. are qualified to give blood (which means those without medical reasons or having visited or lived for some time in certain parts of the world) but only 5 percent of those actually donate.

The need for blood is constant and right now the supply is at a critical stage. The drives I work with had very low turnouts in June. Let’s do better in August. If just 1 percent more Americans donated blood on a regular schedule, the blood supply would be in much better shape.

One of the major reasons people give when asked why they have never donated other than they do not like needles is that they have never been asked. Well, now I am asking. I volunteer for three blood drives in August in three different communities. You would be welcome at any one of them.

If none of these dates fit your schedule, there are other times available at churches or Parkview LaGrange Hospital.  Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE and make an appointment. You may also make an appointment online by going to RedCrossBlood.org.

You can walk in but it sure helps things more quickly for everyone if we know how many will show so there would be enough staff available. We are constantly working to keep the time for each donor as short as possible. I feel there has been improvement in the past few months but help us out be calling for an appointment.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, you can donate at KZ-RV training room, 0985N 900W, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, you can donate at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 100E 050N, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, you can donate at Topeka Maple Grove Church, 806 S. Main St., from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 If none of these times will work for you, we do have another drive scheduled for Monday, July 30, from 1-5 p.m. at Splash Universe in Shipshewana. This will be a mobile bus drive, so make an appointment and come ready to roll up your sleeve and help someone have a better chance at a healthy life.

Following is a list of loyal donors who have reached a gallon mark in their own donation history. If you reached a gallon mark and are not listed, please let us know.

Mary Ellen Miller gave 24 gallons; Wilbur Mast gave 19 gallons; Perry E. Miller gave 18 gallons; John Hershberger gave 17 gallons; Ella N. Miller gave 16 gallons; Eldon Christener and Ralph E. Knepp gave 15 gallons; Anna M. Bontrager gave 11 gallons; Ernest F. Miller, Marvin Schrock, Susan Owen, Ervin A. Miller, and Robert L. Hartsough all gave 10 gallons; Mary M. Lehman and Sammye Gilliland gave nine gallons; Gerald Troyer, Marlene E. Lehman, and Ervin Bontrager gave seven gallons; Sara Beachey, Penny Dirig, Mattie L. Miller and Susie Kuhns gave six gallons; Katie Miller, Treva Miller, and Joseph Miller gave five gallons; Leora K. Troyer, Samuel Schrock, Martha Bontrager, Dean Miller, Christina Miller, and Linda Hammon gave four gallons; Maynard Yoder, Vernon Lehman, and Ervin M. Yoder gave three gallons; Devon Miller, Richard A. Mishler, Leetta Mishler, Nancy Mullet, Laura Slabach, Lynn Miller, Velda Bontrager, Amos A. Beechy, and Joseph S. Gingerich gave two gallons; and Ray Lapp, Harlen Miler, Mary E. Bontrager, Jacob Weaver, and Leetta Wengerd gave one gallon.

We are grateful for these donors and also the ones who are working on the next gallon. As we reported before there are some who have donated over 20 gallons. If you or someone in your family has had a need for blood, these donors and the many others working on the next gallon are very special people. Just think, each pint donated could have possibly helped three people.

Join us at one of the upcoming drives. You may save a life.