Despite stormy, whiteout conditions on the Gogebic-Iron Range, 71 pints of life-giving blood were collected at the Ironwood Memorial Building by the American Red Cross on March 20. The Red Cross relies on the generosity and dedication of its coordinators, volunteers and donors to support its lifesaving mission. They asked me to share their sincere appreciation with everyone who supported the blood drive.
I, too, would like to add my heartfelt thanks to the volunteers: the crew from Kiwanis Club who helped set up the tables and chairs on the preceding Tuesday, and Helen Kasper, Lorraine Lusczak, Gemma Lamb, Gayle True, Marie Peterson, Linda Abramson, Miriam Sell and Steve Wesselhoft, who worked to make our drive a success.
The Red Cross supplied gifts to many of our donors who have donated 25 pints or more. Our list of regular 25 pints-plus donors counts 63 of these faithful givers. Our congratulations to Diane Schmidtke who was given her six-gallon pin and Le Roy Holappa for his 15-gallon pin.
Our next blood drive is Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Memorial Building. Please join our ranks of hometown heroes by calling me at 906-932-5478 to set up an appointment.
Kiwanis Club American Red Cross blood drive coordinator