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Blackduck blood drive has good turnout

Cindi Swedberg was among the many community members to donate blood for the American Red Cross' blood drive at the Blackduck American Legion Aug. 4. The drive was sponsored by Tri Sigma GFWC.

Blood drive coordinator Judy Gorman and the community of Blackduck have sponsored a very successful blood drive.

At the drive held Aug. 4, around 90 people volunteered to donate blood and 79 were able to give. Seventeen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 96 products were collected. Twenty of the donors gave blood for the first time.

Others who assisted with the drive were Miriam Osborn -- recruiting donors, Anderson Fabrics -- allowing employees to donate during company time, The Blackduck American -- providing publicity and Tri Sigma -- organizing, working and providing food. Space to hold the drive was provided at Blackduck American Legion.

The availability of blood is dependent on the success of blood drives held in many communities. The citizens of the Blackduck area can be assured that their community is a good example of a well-run blood program.

The staff of United Blood Services, on behalf of the patients who receive blood, wish to thank all who volunteered to donate blood and who helped organize the drive.