Both Cheri Holthaus and myself would like to thank the community for helping us to reach our goal of 90 units, we actually surpassed our goal with 94 units.” said co-chair Brenda Kaschmitter. “We had several first time donors; Leora Laurino, Bill Uhlenkott, Pepper Harman, Terri Weibert, Jeff Martin and Crystal Easom. We also had many who received milestone awards; Cara Uhlenkott 1 gallon, Joe Baerlocher 2 gallons, Norman Sonnen 3 gallons, Virgil Frei 5 gallons, and Gladys Sonnen and Rod Behler both received their 6 gallon pin.” According to the Red Cross coordinator the Cottonwood Blood Drive is one of the biggest in the area. The Red Cross workers also commented; “the people at the Cottonwood drive are always so friendly and welcoming, we truly enjoy coming here.”
Thanks to all those who gave blood and also a special thanks to those who came but were deferred for one reason or another; we hope that you are willing to try again at the next drive which is scheduled for October 27th.
A very special thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this blood drive so successful; Kyle Daly, Misty Johnson, Irma Tacke, Merna Gehring, Helen Huntley, Audrey Uhlenkott, Anna Gehring, Delores VonBargen , Dorothy Schmidt, Elaine Schumacher and Eleanor Hinkelman. And a very special thanks to the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students of Prairie High School; Kayla Johnson, Brock Heath, Seth Guyer, and McKenzie Rieman; we would also like to thank their advisor Sheri Daly for arranging for them to come down and help. Without all these volunteers this blood drive would not be possible. These volunteers do a variety of jobs; setting up and taking down the tables and chairs, escorting donors, preparing the maple bars and fruit, signing in the donors, offering refreshments to the donors, putting up posters, and making phone calls.
“We hope to see all the past donors and volunteers again on October 27th and maybe even a few new ones. If you would like to donate or volunteer please feel free to contact either myself at 962-2327 or Brenda Kaschmitter at 962-3251,” said Cheri Holthaus; blood drive co-chair.