The January American Red Cross blood drive at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston celebrated first-time donor Kayla Humphrey.
“It is people like Kayla that keep our blood supply strong,” said volunteer Patti Perkins. “Our donors are special group of people.”
Calling the Jan. 16 event “a highly successful drive,” Perkins said it included 51 donors who provided 48 units. In addition, Perkins said the canteen for the January drive was provided by Altrusa International of Hermiston. She expressed appreciation for service clubs and others community groups that step up to help.
Blood products are always in high demand and there is a constant need for a steady supply of donors. Perkins said it’s estimated that 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only 8 percent of those actually donate. A donation, she said, can help save the lives of up to three people.
This month’s blood drive is Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at Good Shepherd, 610 N.W. 11th St. While walk-ins are welcome, Perkins said it helps with volunteer staffing if appointments are made in advance. To schedule a donation time, call 1-800-448-3543.