Letter to the Editor: 29th Annual Masonic Community Blood Drive was a 'remarkable success'

Posted at 6:17 AM on Jan 9, 2018

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To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for its tremendous support for the 29th Annual Masonic Community Blood Drive. This year’s drive was held on Friday, January 5, at six collection sites spanning four counties.

Our local collection site was at the Statesville Civic Center. We began the drive with a challenging goal of collecting 200 pints of life-saving blood. Many volunteers worked endless hours rallying support for the drive by asking friends, neighbors and family to come out and donate blood at a time of year when blood banks are typically at critically low inventories. Last week inventories were even more critically low after winter weather forced the cancellation of a number of blood drives in eastern North Carolina.

This year’s drive was a remarkable success. The Statesville site alone collected 208 pints of blood, exceeding last year’s collections by 73 pints. The other five sites combined to collect an additional 217 pints, boosting our drive total to 425 pints of blood. This makes the Masonic Community Blood Drive one of the largest drives in our state.

I can’t thank the volunteers, sponsors, staff and donors enough for making our drive a huge success. Please mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Masonic Community Blood Drive set for Friday, January 4, 2019.

Duane Smyth, coordinator
Masonic Community Blood Drive

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