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Blood drive falls just short of goal

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:45 pm

By Kyle Boaz

The blood drive on Thursday, July 12, received a good amount of donations but fell a bit short of its goal due to unlikely circumstances.
“I was able to collect 19 units which was short of my goal but I was still glad I had this opportunity to step up and lead [a blood drive],” blood drive leader Katelyn Watts said.
“I think I had at last 30 show up to try and give but only 19 were able to donate.”
Her goal for the drive that was set up at the Elks Lodge was 25 donations for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship through the Leaders Save Lives program.
“We’ve had 15 people signed up for appointments and we [had] quite a few walk-ins.”
Usually taking on the donor role, Watts decided to try something new.
“This is my first one leading. I’ve donated 10 times but this is my first time actually working a blood drive,” she said.
“It’s been over a gallon [donated].”
She donated for the 11th time during Thursday’s drive.
In her first year of college at Central Methodist University, she was grateful to help the community.
“It feels good to know that people don’t forget about you and that you’re still a part of this community no matter how far you go or how old you are,” Watts said.
The American Red Cross is currently in need of Type O blood.
“Right now we’re really low on blood and if you have Type O we’re desperate for that,” Watts said.
The next available donation will be on Thursday, July 19, at Bowling Green High School from 2 – 6:30 p.m.

Blood drive leader Katelyn Watts registers Carol Ray to donate blood on Thursday, July 12, at the Elks Lodge. The drive received 19 donations total that Thursday.