Letter: All (blood) types are welcome
We are writing to ask your readers to support the next Mathews County Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Piankatank Ruritan Club, which will be sponsored by the Mathews Family YMCA.
Donors are needed! One unit of blood can save up to three lives. For donors who have time constraints, appointments are available. To schedule an appointment online, go to redcrossblood.org and click on the blue box in the upper right-hand corner (Make a Blood Donation Appointment), then enter Mathews in the "Enter Sponsor Code" box, or you may call 725-0802 to have the appointment scheduled for you.
The entire process of donating blood takes approximately one hour. Donors get to visit with some of the nicest people in our community, eat delicious homemade cookies, put their feet up for a bit and feel the satisfaction of knowing they have helped save lives. For those who are unable to donate blood, there are multiple volunteer opportunities available. Our volunteers enjoy the time they spend with donors and are an integral part in making our blood drives successful and pleasant events.
We look forward to seeing new donors as well as our faithful donors, many of whom have donated over 100 pints of blood, on Jan. 31. It will be a great day to visit with your neighbors and to give the gift of life.
If you have questions or comments, please call 725-5827.
Janice Phillips, co-chair
Margaret Owens, co-chair
Paige Ashby, volunteers coordinator
Mary Margaret Hutchins, donation services