We thank the generous folks who donated blood to help others at our July 13 drive; along with long-time Canterbury Historical Society blood drive chairs, Lynne and Les Pitman; ten additional volunteers who gave their time; and everyone who contributed refreshments or funds for their purchase. We are renowned for the quality of the snacks we serve, including fresh fruit salad, home-baked goods, and pieces of subs. Special kudos to Better Value Supermarket for donating the subs, which are always a hit with the blood donors.
The Red Cross was able to schedule only 21 appointments for us as a result of the drive at St. Augustine Catholic Church just five days earlier. We’ve asked the Red Cross not to schedule another Canterbury drive so close to ours in the future, and they assure us they won’t. As usual, we had several no-shows, but walk-in donors more than compensated. A total of 30 pints were collected. Jeff, our Red Cross contact, gave us high praise for all our promotional signage and our café.