Letter: Thanks for supporting Austin blood drive

Published 8:55 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to thank all blood donors who answered the call to donate blood during the August 2016 Austin Community Blood Drive. A total of 142 units were collected during the three-day draw! Congratulations to donors who received milestone pins, including one 20 gallon, and one 15 gallon!

Thanks to the VFW and volunteers for their help with set-up and tear-down. Also thanks to the following businesses for their contributions and support: Austin Hy-Vee Food Store, Jim’s Marketplace Foods, Austin Daily Herald, Rochester Post Bulletin, KAUS Radio; and to all area businesses that help promote our blood drives. Special thanks to staff members of the Austin National Guard Armory for their hospitality and use of their facilities for the drive.

Mark your calendar now for the next Austin Community Blood Drive scheduled for October 17, 18, and 19 at the Austin Armory. With the new RapidPress and Blood Donor App, the appointment and donation process is more convenient than ever. Contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or online at www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule an appointment. Remember, human blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from generous donors!

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Cheryl Bellrichard

Blood Drive Coordinator, American Red Cross