Episcopal Church sponsors blood drive in honor of Las Vegas victims

By: 
DONNA SUMMMERALL
Staff Writer

Rev. Lynn Ronaldi and the congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation are sponsoring a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in honor of those killed and injured in the Las Vegas shooting. They are working with United Blood Services.
"We at the church wanted to do something," Ronaldi said. "We felt a burden for those Las Vegas shooting victims. We decided to wait until the blood supply was low and was needed."

Ronaldi said donors do not have to be church members to donate blood, the community is invited to be a part of helping others.
"The United Blood Services blood mobile will be in the parking lot behind the church," Ronaldi said. "We are grateful to anyone in the community who can come by and help."

Church secretary Dianne Henry said the posters that have been placed around town have the wrong time on them.
"We don't want to confuse anyone," Henry said. "But the blood drove is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The posters have 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and that isn't correct."
Henry said donors should eat and drink before donating and donors will receive a free cholesterol screening.

Jared Luent, Donor Recruitment Representative for United Blood Services, said he was grateful to the Episcopal Church in West Point for holding the memorial blood drive for the victims or the Las Vegas shooting.
"At the time, the Las Vegas Blood Bank had enough blood on hand," Luent said. "But if they had not, then blood would have come from other areas to fulfill the need."

Luent said the blood used for the shooting victims had been donated during the previous week. He said there is no way to know when a disaster will happen and blood is needed.
"This is why it is so important to have blood in all types on the shelves," Luent said. "People can donate blood three times a year. We rely on those donors. Especially people who are type O negative. They are universal donors. But we need all types."

He said the peak travel time for Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon. He said during holidays and the summer, with people traveling, accidents on the road are going to happen.
"We always need blood," Luent said. "But especially during the holidays. People aren't thinking about donating blood and the supplies get low. We need those donations to have a supply on hand."
He said the memorial blood drive is open to the public and they hope to have at least 12 donors.

As of press time, these were the appointment times that were still available

11 a.m.
1 Double Red Cells appointment is available.

Noon
1 Double Red Cells appointment is available.

1 p.m.
1 Double Red Cells appointment is available.

11:30 a.m.
2 Whole Blood appointments are available.

11:45 a.m.
1 Whole Blood appointment is available.

12:15 p.m.
1 Whole Blood appointment is available.

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