Archive for Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Area residents donate at Community Blood Drive

March 27, 2002

About 50 Basehor residents donated blood during the Basehor-Fairmount Kansas Community Blood Drive.

The blood drive took place Monday, March 25, in the small gymnasium at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Connie Holcomb, a collection supervisor for the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City, said her organization counts on the donations of volunteers to supply the needs of area hospitals and patients.

"(The blood drive) is so we can have safe blood," Holcomb said. "We need over 500 units a day to meet the (demand) of the area.

"That's a lot of blood in a day's time."

The Blood Center hosts five to six blood drives a day in hopes of meeting the needs of the area, she said.

The Basehor blood drive was one of two the city will host in 2002.

A second drive is scheduled for September.

Both blood drives are sponsored by the Basehor Kiwanis Club.

Kiwanis Club president Paul Runnels said the drives are part of the Kiwanis Club's community projects.

"It's just one way to help the community," Runnels said. "Blood is one of those things that is needed every day."

Runnels said the Kiwanis Club always hopes for more donors, but was pleased with the number that turned out this year.

"We always shoot for 50 to 60, but I was pretty pleased," he said.

The Basehor blood drive garnered approximately 40 units of blood, Runnels said.

The Kiwanis Club has hosted the blood drives for the past several years and it will continue to do so in the future, Runnels said.

Ingrid Douglas was one of the numerous Basehor residents to donate blood Monday afternoon.

Besides the free cookies and refreshments, Douglas said she donated to help others in need.

According to statistics from the Blood Center, 23,000 people in the metro area received blood transfusions last year.

Those people were able to receive the transfusions because twice that number donated blood, Holcomb said.

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