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First Summer Blood Drive offers radio DJ, club contest

Staff reports

The first Summer Blood drive to be held in Minden will feature a Western DJ from KBUL radio in Reno and a service club competition.

“There are major blood shortages right now,” said organizer Roxanne Stangle, “due to summer activities. This is a real critical period, with Labor Day coming up. It’s always important (to donate blood), but summer seems to be the slowest time.”

Stangle sent letters to Carson Valley service organizations, inviting groups to compete in providing donors to the drive, which will be held Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stangle hopes 100 donors will give blood. A perpetual trophy and “bragging rights” will go to the service club that brings in the most donors.

Rudy Michaels of KBUL radio, who is a Carson Valley native, will broadcast live 30 feet in the air from the bucket of a “cheery-picker” truck.

While he’s on the air, Michaels will be urging his old Valley friends to stop by the CVIC Hall to donate blood.

Thanks to the C.O.D. Garage, Stangle said, the truck will parked in the C.O.D.’s empty lot across the street from the Minden Clock Park.

In addition, waiting time will be reduced because United Blood Services will provide 10 blood-drawing technicians, about twice as many as usual.

“With that many techs here, it should go well,” Stangle said. “The waiting time will be minimal.”

Volunteers are busy baking cookies, cakes, brownies and pies to serve to donors. All the refreshments will be homemade, most of them made by Stangle and her friends and family.

“I’ve been baking for three weeks,” she said.

The drive is being sponsored by the Town of Minden and Stangle’s Tumblewind Antiques, which is located next door to the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue in Minden.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call her at Tumblewind, 782-2444 during the day, or evenings at 782-4227.