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West Fargo ROTC conducts blood drive

The West Fargo ROTC sponsored a successful blood drive Monday, Oct. 7, at West Fargo High School. According to Tonya Simenson, Donor Recruitment Representative at United Blood Services, “The cadets, student body and staff had great turnout. Out of 106 people who volunteered to donate, 67 were able to give. Seventeen people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 83 products were collected. There were 65 people who donated for their first time!”

Colonel Douglas Trenda and Master Sargeant Gooding coordinated the drive sponsored by the JROTC. Space to hold the drive was provided at Veterans Memorial Arena.

The availability of blood is dependent on the success of blood drives held in many communities. The citizens of the West Fargo area can be assured that their community is a good example of a well-run blood program, Simenson stated.

On behalf of the patients who benefited, United Blood Services is appreciative of all the thoughtful people who volunteered to help others by giving of themselves — blood is for sharing; you have truly given the “Gift of Life.”