DONATING DOUBLE RED blood cells takes a little longer but for Denis Dahl, the time passed quickly Monday as daughter Josephine kept him entertained at the Knights of Columbus Red Cross Blood Drive. (Submitted photo).

Blood drive collects 97 pints of blood

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Knights of Columbus hosted a blood drive for the American Red Cross Monday at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, which garnered 97 pints of blood.
“Our goal was 108 units so we fell a little short,” said blood drive organizer Norb Vossen. “We had 130 appointments.” 
“The Red Cross staffed the drive according to the number of appointments. We had many people who were unable to make it for one reason or another.”
Those who did make their appointments found wait times to be minimal. Most were done with the whole procedure in an hour or less, Vossen said.
“It was wonderful having the Big Lake Ambassadors and the Ambassador candidates help,” Vossen said. “Donors made many comments about how nice it was to see them there helping.”
It takes about a dozen volunteers to put on a blood drive, said Vossen. The volunteers from the Ambassador program filled about half of those slots.
“Several donors from nearby towns also made comments about coming to Big Lake because the Lioness and Knights of Columbus always have the best treats to serve,” he said. “No Peanut Butter balls this time but we did have Dirt Balls. We even had gluten free treats available.”
The next blood drive will be hosted by the Big Lake Lioness and will be Monday, July 14, at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church located on Lake Street North

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