Once again, the residents of Pine and Strawberry have proven themselves to be stalwart lifesavers.
On July 10, 116 people came to donate blood and 105 pints were collected. At a time when blood supplies throughout the state are at an all-time low, this was a wonderful and much appreciated response.
The team challenge was won by Pine-Strawberry Fire Department (team members), who rolled up their sleeves to produce a collective 26 pints, close runners-up were Tonto Rim Search and Rescue with 23 pints and last year's winners, the Pine-Strawberry Health Auxiliary, squeezed out 19 pints.
Well done to the champions, and many thanks but try harder next year to the losers.
In addition, many donors contributed to the replenishment fund for Morgan Rose, a 4-year-old girl from Payson who required 15 pints of blood during an operation on a brain tumor and is at present in a coma. Her family and friends are more than grateful for this tribute, which will relieve at least one of their worries.
I should like to thank all those volunteers who contributed to the smooth running and the good humor of the occasion and the individuals whose efforts in recruiting donors resulted in such a strong turnout:
Barbara and Vern Battin, Jean Bean, Jean Chapman, Mary and Dick Dietzen, Laverne Furr, Roz and Ira Gibel, Barbara Malchow, Jane Pearce, Sandy Owens, Evelyn Ritz, Bev Snidecor, Gina Suffriti, Fran Springstead and Kim and Leslie Alexander.
In addition, Ponderosa Market, Pine Lumber and Sunny Mountain Realty provided generous support. Many thanks to Kathe Ketchum of Pine-Strawberry Elementary School for use of the gym, a cool environment.
Sonja Hunt, Volunteer Coordinator