Blood drive to honor Amundson
Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and BloodSource will celebrate 40 years of saving lives with a special blood drive June 19 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Local blood donors will gather to donate blood, celebrate the history of the blood drive, and to remember the late Pat Amundson, a special woman who organized South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drives for 39 years.
Amundson began organizing the blood drive 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.
Amundson passed away in 2005, leaving a legacy of hard work, dedication and love for her community. BloodSource will honor her memory with a special plaque that will be presented to her family at noon June 19 at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library during the blood drive. The family plan to give the plaque to the library for display.
The blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone who participates in the special event will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a coupon for a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Blood donors must be in generally good health, free from colds and flu symptoms for at least 48 hours; be at least 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent; and weigh at least 110 pounds. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Prospective donors must bring a photo ID. The entire process takes about an hour.
At the first South Lake Tahoe drive in 1996, BloodSource collected about 30 units of blood. Today, BloodSource collects about 160 pints of blood six times a year – totaling about 950 pints of blood a year. To date the drive has collected close to 10,000 pints of blood.
Established in 1948 as a not-for-profit community blood bank, BloodSource provides a life-saving service to millions of people in 25 countries throughout Northern and Central California. Through a network of 15 blood centers more than 40 hospitals in cities from Merced to the Oregon border, the BloodSource mission remains simple – to provide blood and services to those in need. To learn more about BloodSource call (800) 995-4420 or visit the Web site at http://www.bloodsource.org.