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Oak Harbor blood donors come through

Thank you Oak Harbor blood donors, together saving lives! On Monday, Feb. 27, there were 86 volunteer blood donors registered, 76 pints of blood collected and nine first-time donors. This was another amazing blood drive!

A huge thank you to all the donors for sharing your good health. Because 1 pint of blood can save up to three lives, approximately 228 patients will benefit from the donations at this blood drive. Thank you to all the donors for taking time out of your day to help those in need. We appreciate you!

Thank you Brenda and Bill Cheaqui, Faye Kelly and all the Oak Harbor Lions, and the First United Methodist Church for your tremendous support with the blood drives here. Your dedication is greatly appreciated. Your efforts and support to recruit donors will help so many patients throughout Western Washington in need. Thank you to the Oak Harbor Lions for your thoughtfulness in having all the yummy refreshments are such a special treat. Thank you for allowing the Puget Sound Blood Center to come out to use your facilities and for providing a convenient place for donors to give the gift of life. We couldn’t do it without you!

I would like to give special thanks to all the donors for your ongoing patience in the donation process. The Oak Harbor Lions, First United Methodist Church and the Puget Sound Blood Center are trying to improve the donation process to accommodate donors with appointments and those who may walk in to this blood drive. It seems that the extended hours for the blood drive seemed to help so we are going to continue to have the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Puget Sound Blood Center relies solely on volunteer donations to meet the needs of patients in Western Washington. Over 900 donors each weekday are needed to meet the demand. Approximately 50 percent of this supply is due to donations made at mobile campaigns throughout the community. The support from all of you makes this happen!

We look forward to your next blood drive on May 10.

Gayle Richards
Puget Sound Blood Center


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