We are happy to announce that at our annual American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Canterbury Historical, this year held on July 10, 46 blood donors walked through the door. Of those, three were deferred for a total collection of 43 units of blood—10 units over our goal set by the Red Cross. Walk-ins were a boost, as usual, in addition to all the donors who scheduled appointments through the Red Cross.
Eleven historical society volunteers contributed 36 hours of their time at the drive itself, plus another five hours ahead of time for ad and poster placement and food shopping . In addition, we had seven marvelous bakers, three of whom were new to the drive. A number of blood donors commented on our hosting and café, saying they make it a point to come to our drive every year for the luxe snacks!
Once again Canterbury’s Better Valu donated six subs-of-the-week for the drive. We also had monetary gifts for the purchase of fruits, even a generous blood donor who insisted on making a $20 donation to help defray our costs. Nobody could talk her out it.
The drive was a great showing of community spirit. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated blood, time, food, funds, or helped out in any way. Special recognition to long-time historical society members, Les and Lynne Pitman, for chairing the event on our behalf.