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Blood shortage encourages record number of first-time donors at Redwood Falls blood drive

A well-publicized nationwide blood shortage enouraged a record number of local first-time donors to give blood donating a try this past Monday and Tuesday at the Redwood Falls blood drive.

Monday’s blood drive at the Redwood Area Community Center was so busy that some donors had to reschedule for the few appointments left open on Tuesday. However, due to an unexpectedly high number of donors colliding with Red Cross labor shortages, this week’s Redwood Falls blood drive more than met its goal. On Tuesday the Red Cross was completely staffed, and everything went more smoothly.

Local first-time donors included Laura Buckley, Aysha Erickson, Steven Hettig, Christina Hettig, Courtney Trotter, James Bethke, Craig Serbus, Paul Kelm, Jessica Prescott, Diego Antonio Torre, Susan Larsen, Catarina Lang, Harry Johnson, Lisa Weckworth, Catherine Maddock, Tim Gilk, Tammy Freese, Jessica Prescott, Alan Curry, Melanie Fredericksen, Timothy Fredericksen, and Donald Quinn.

Scheduled Donors – 248
No Shows – 25
Walk Ins – 13
Deferrals – 20
Incomplete -1
Turned away – 9
Walk Outs – 8
Total Units collected – 233

Milestones
1 – Russ Baumann, Jared Kremin, Laura Rohlik, Melinda Scharlemann, Julie Chmelar, Rachel Friese
2 – Michele Bernardy, Jesse Jacobson, Veronica Pacheco, Robin Muller, Holly Larsen
3 – Patricia Buboltz
4 – Dana Frericks, Cynthia LaBrie, Lynn Hillesheim, Kathleen Meyers, Joshua Dixon, Doug Kopischke
5 – Mary Drever
6 – Geri Theis, Arlene Woelfel
7 – James Hacker, Curtis Lutz
8 – Rachel Ingebretson, Ag Johanneck
9 – Barb Panitzke, Cynthia Schliewe
10 – Thor Kaardal, Susan Jones
11 – Mark Guetter
12 – James Guggisberg



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