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Havre holds successful Red Cross blood drive

Judy Vosen, Local Red Cross blood drive volunteer coordinator

The recent Havre Community Red Cross Blood Drive held at St. Jude Parish Center on Monday, May 6th, was a huge success. We had a few first time donors again this month. From 112 registered donors there were 108 units successfully collected. The Red Cross team arrives early on a Monday morning every other month, and remains in the area until Thursday evening. During that time an average of 300 units are collected from the Havre area out of 5 differrent blood drive sites. The communitty can be very proud of the altruism of it's members!

This Red Cross Crew out of Great Falls covers a huge geographic area, reaching from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern border of Montana, and south from Sidney to Lewistown and the towns surrounding Great Falls itself. And all these smaller communities donate more blood than the rest of the more populous parts of the state combined. Kudos to rural Montana!

Thank you is given to the Messiah Lutheran Church of Havre for providing a selection of delicious sandwiches, and thank you to Infinity Bakery for providing their usual delicaous cookies. And, as always, the Red Cross provided a selection of snacks, juices, and water for the donors. You may continue to look forward to and enjoy fresh sandwiches and cookies at future blood drives provided by other local service groups.

A very special thank you goes to all the donors who so selflessly gave of their time to provide the life-saving gift of blood for people they don't even know and very likely will never meet. If you would like to join the ranks of these every day heroes, you may schedule an appointment at the next blood drive by calling 1-800-RedCross. Or you can go online to click on "Find a Drive", and enter the sponsor code "havre". You can download the Red Cross Blood Donor app to your smart phone or tablet to get an appointment and pre-register the day of donation to speed things up a bit at the blood drive. If you have never donated, there is also information on that site informing potential donors what they might expect when donating. Please be sure to bring in some form of State or Red Cross identification.

The next Havre Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2024 at St. Jude Parish Center. There are several other bloods drives that same week in the Havre area, so be sure to check the website or ask the representative you speak with should a different drive better suit your schedule. See you in July!


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