Letter: Blood donors help boost blood supply

Published 6:38 am Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to thank all blood donors who came out to donate blood during the Austin Community Blood Drive held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on October 21-23, 2019. A total of 155 units were collected during this three-day draw! Thanks to these donors, we exceeded our goal all three days! The only source of lifesaving blood from volunteer donors!

Thanks to the VFW and volunteers for their help with set-up and to those who helped with registration and canteen. Special thanks to Our Savior Lutheran Church staff for their hospitality and the use of their facilities for this drive. Also thanks to the following businesses for their contributions and support: Austin Daily Herald, Rochester Post Bulletin, KAAL TV, KAUS Radio; and to all area businesses and organizations that help promote our blood drives. 

Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. The next Austin Community Blood Drive will be Jan. 27-28, 2020.  Contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or online at www.redcrosssblood.org for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Cheryl Bellrichard

Blood Drive Coordinator, American Red Cross