BIG LAKE AMBASSADOR Samantha Moench not only volunteered to serve cookies and juice at the Big Lake Lioness American Red Cross blood drive, she also truly gave of herself. (Submitted photo).

Blood drive is another busy one

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Lioness hosted an American Red Cross blood drive Monday at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church.
Big Lakers donated 81 units of whole blood and 13 double red donations, which are counted as two units each, says Big Lake Lioness Linda Talonen, who chaired the event.
“We had 106 volunteers and 12 deferrals,” she said. “So that makes the grand total 107 units. A very good turnout equals success and as a community, I think we did a fantastic job.”
Red Cross Nurse Jennifer Krantz was supervising Monday’s successful blood drive at the church.
“There has been a great turnout,” she said. “You have great people and great volunteers here.”
“I live four minutes from here,” said blood donor Carrie Maly, who made a double red donation. She began giving blood when she was in high school. 
“The Red Cross called me to let me know about the blood drive,” she said. “It’s a nice thing to do.”
Helping the Lioness  serve beverages and snacks to the donors were the Big Lake Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are ready for their busy year ahead. The blood drive was their ninth event since their coronation during Spud Fest.
Newly crowned Ambassador Samantha Moench also donated the life-giving gift of blood.
“I have done it at least twice before when I was in school,” she said. “I am not nervous.”
Also donating Monday was Big Lake Chamber of Commerce president and local firefighter Tricia Skodje.
“Before I come, I have to work myself up for this,” she said, as she munched on a snack after making her donation. “Then I get here and I remember how easy it is.”
The Knights of Columbus will host the next blood drive Sept. 8 at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Big Lake.


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