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Blood drive is a success

Staff reports

The first summer blood drive sponsored by Tumblewind Antiques and the Town of Minden was a phenomenal success.

“It was the best blood drive we’ve had in years,” said Tumblewind owner Roxanne Stangle.

“We had to turn people away. We ran out of bags to collect the blood in.”

Stangle, while apologizing for not being able to take everyone, was nonetheless thrilled that, during the summer when blood shortages are of real concern, the first summer draw was such a hit in Carson Valley.

“We weren’t prepared for the influx,” she said, “but most people were patient and waited up to 45 minutes to be interviewed and give blood.

“We have a plan for next time.”

The United Blood Services coordinator was so thrilled, she called to the main office in Reno three times to report the drive’s totals, Stangle added.

The service club to win the perpetual trophy in the service club blood drive competition was the Sierra Nevada 20-30 Club.

The live remote by radio station KBUL’s Rudy Michaels drew in many donors and he plans to mount a challenge next year to other area DJs. Michaels broadcast from a bucket truck parked in the lot across from the C.O.D. Garage in Minden.

At a blood drive in Reno, Michaels helped to draw in 200 people. Before the Minden blood drive, Stangle had said she was hoping for 100 donors, but 120 units were drawn and at least 15 people were turned away.