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VFW joins Tumblewind in planning first of 3 blood drives

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Two head are better than one.

That old saying will hold true, organizers hope, in the next Carson Valley blood drive March 5.

Roxanne Stangle of Tumblewind, who has been planning three blood drives in the Valley each year for 14 years, has help from the Carson Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8583 this year.

As a result, Post Commander Dick Creley said, they hope to get even more people to donate blood because of their combined resources.

The VFW had decided last year to help plan two blood drives a year for United Blood Services, the agency which gathers blood. Between Stangle and the VFW, the combined blood drive should draw quite a crowd.

“It’s as much work to do a 100-unit blood drive as it is a 30-unit blood drive,” Stangle said. “It’s a new project for them and they are so enthusiastic and so dedicated.

“It kind of gives me some renewed excitement to watch their enthusiasm.”

And the VFW members are going to help make the homemade cookies that Stangle’s blood drives are famous for.

“A blood drive is a very, very worthy effort,” Creley said. “By coming out three times, we hope to help increase blood drive productivity.”

The blood drive will be held at the East Fork Fire and Paramedics Station on County Road in Minden from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments should be made by calling Tumblewind Antiques, 782-2444, or Creley at his home, 265-5987.

Drop-ins are welcome, Creley said, though they may have to wait a bit.