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Severe shortage alert: Healthy blood donors critically needed


Last updated 7/16/2021 at 12:34pm

From Carla Jenewein

Chinook Red Cross blood drive coordinator

Right now, blood donations are leaving the shelves faster than they're coming in. That means patients are at risk for delayed surgeries or treatment. Please hurry to book your next appointment.

The Chinook community will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross Tuesday, July 20, from noon to 6 p.m. at Wallner Hall, 330 Ohio, behind the Methodist Church, the door is facing Fourth Street.

The Red Cross highly recommends appointments, however walk-in donors are welcome. There will be additional Red Cross staff available to accommodate any walk-in donors. To make an appointment to donate you may sign up online at redcrossblood.org. 

In regards to our previous drive in May, we had 51 presenting donors with 49 viable units collected on a goal of 47.  

We had several milestones with Darla Ortner reaching one gallon, Fay Friede reaching three gallons, Charles Wasser reaching 11 gallons, and Don Ranstrom reaching 17 gallons.

Door prizes were provided by the ladies of the Methodist Church and the North Central Montana Cattlewomen, and awarded to Mark Weber, Tandi Molyneau, Royce Houtzel, Fay Friede, Brooke Elliot, Rodney Johnson and Wilma Melville.

The canteen was hosted by the ladies of the Methodist Church. The site for the drive was compliments of the United Methodist Church and Pastor Jack Mattingly, check in was assisted by Judy Johnson, Roxanne Townsend and Linda Thompson, cleanup was provided by Chrissy Downs and the JUMP youth group.  

It was a great turnout all due to our wonderful donors and volunteers. Lets do it again on July 20 See you there.


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