Blood Drive Donations Should Have Been Greater

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Yesterday, I spent part of my day helping out at the United Blood Services community drive. I learned some things I didn't know, and I would like to share them with the people of Payson. Lots of people did come out and donate, but we as a community do not give enough to keep our own hospital supplied with their needs.

This drive was successful and we did get around 146 pints of blood. While that sounds good, from a community of about 13,000, we should be ashamed. The Pine/Strawberry area is only about 3500 people and they usually donate about 90 pints of blood at a drive. As you can see, we need to do a lot better. I think that most people are just unaware of this and think the other guy is taking care of it so I don't need to do anything.

This is just not so. We need to try to get more people involved and bring a friend with us when we come to donate.

The Key Club from Payson High School were in a contest with all the other high schools, and whichever school had the most people dedicating their blood to their school would win tickets to a Diamondback game so they could give them out to handicapped children. I know many people did dedicate their blood and I hope Payson High School wins. This is a nonprofit organization and needs all the help it can get. If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer to join us, call Leslie Alexander at 476-3624.

We would like to thank Russell at Safeway for the donation of juice and cookies for everyone, and Payson Party Plus for the balloons. I would also like to thank all the people I worked with. Everyone was great and it was a pleasure to meet all of you.

Audrey Duran, Payson

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