The Miller-Keystone community bloodmobile on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton was the most successful in over a year.
The 97 potential donors who registered exceeded the goal of 75, as 91 units of blood were collected. In addition to 70 units of whole blood, donors on the Trima machines contributed a total of 21 units of platelets, red cells, and plasma, offsetting 15 deferrals. Thanks go out to the faithful regular donors, plus at least eight first-time Palmerton donors, for their help at a time of year when collections often decrease. This visit was sponsored by the DeSousa Oil Company.
Donors who reached various total gallon levels included George Ashman, 26 gallons; Kyle Ahner, 8 gallons; Joel Seip, 5 gallons; Pat Johannes, 4 gallons; Joseph Frey, 3 gallons; Richard Gets, 2 gallons; and Kelly Heinrich, Roger Klingborg, Amy Lesher, Joseph Plechavy and Randy Wert, 1 gallon each.
In addition to donors, each bloodmobile requires a large number of volunteers to succeed. Those helping at this one, either by making phone calls to potential donors in advance, or serving at the bloodmobile, included Mary Beth Beers, Martha Boruta, Harry Brown, Jane Cervenak, "Honey" Cyr, Arlene Dombrosky, Trina Ely, Jean Fritzinger, Rita Goidich, Shirley Greene, Betty Hartman, Cindy Heimbach, Marian Hoffner, Susan Hunsicker, Bernice Kleintop, Nancy Kresge, Shirley Neff, Gail Nonnemaker, Helen Nonnemaker, Susan Olivia, Marilyn Ord, Evelyn Plechavy, Marge Porambo, Lucille Rex, Fred Schanstein, Terri Sebelin, Perma Snyder, Betty Steigerwalt, Kathy Steigerwalt, Dorothy Strohl, Mary Taschler, Nancy Thomas, Annette Wargo, Tara Wargo, and Brenda Wentz.
The next Miller-Keystone community bloodmobile is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7.