Kudos and kindness
To the editor:
I would like to thank the many individuals in the community for all their support of the blood drives over the past 38 years. You have donated more than 20,000 units of blood. Until the past few years we had generously replaced what the Tahoe community group had used during the year. We also have received many yearly awards for our contributions to the Sacramento Blood Bank, Tahoe Community Group. We have 10 persons with 100 units or more, the most being Dan Kerr with 166 units, 46 persons have donated 50 to 100 units and many regular donors are working their way up the ladder. Out-of-towners who see the notices and first-time donors also participate.
We are fortunate to have a very warm and pleasant place to draw your blood, the El Dorado Library. Our hospital auxiliary members serve the refreshments to blood donors. Dan Kerr has 25 years of service, Mike Kazarian has six years and Kay Broemmer, who recently moved to Bishop, Calif., has more than 20 years. Pearl Parks and Brenda Stewart, along with many other members, have several years of service. Many Barton Auxiliary members have worked over the past 38 years. I would also like to thank Brenda Stewart for baking “Aussie” cookies for many years, the auxiliary who pays for the refreshments and Barton Hospital who donates orange juice and coffee for the donors and sandwiches for the auxiliary volunteers.
Thank you to Nancy Hayden, who sees that the information from the Sacramento BloodSource gets in the Tahoe Daily Tribune for these blood drives, the Tahoe Mountain News and KTHO and KOWL radio stations for all their help in getting the word out about our blood drives, dates and times.
Thank you to Sally Neitling of the El Dorado County Library and others who welcome and give us a home at the library six times a years and everyone who also participates in these blood drives. Hopefully, I haven’t missed anyone. These people who make my job as a coordinator much easier. My thanks to each and everyone of you for your 38 years of support.
The Blood Drives always take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a Monday. The 2005 dates are: Feb. 28, April 25, June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 17 and Dec. 12.
Patricia M. Amundson, coordinator
Community Blood Drives
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