Blood drive celebrates 40 years |

Blood drive celebrates 40 years

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Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / BloodSource Administrator Dirk Johnson, left, presents a plaque in memory of Pat Amundson to her son, Jim Amundson, and daughter, Linda Graeber, at the community blood drive.

Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and BloodSource recently celebrated 40 years of saving lives and remembered the late Pat Amundson with a special blood drive at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library.

Local blood donors gathered to donate blood, celebrate the history of the blood drive and share memories of Amundson, a special woman who organized South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drives for 39 years.

Amundson began organizing the blood drives at South Lake Tahoe the year it started, in 1966. Every eight weeks she created a welcoming, friendly environment for donors – greeting them as they came in and thanking them for participating. She played an instrumental role in the success of the blood drive, consistently encouraging community members to donate blood. She passed away last year, leaving a legacy of hard work, dedication and love for her community.

BloodSource honored her memory with a special plaque that was presented to her family.

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