Our Past | 1985: Blood drive takes in over 75 pints

Selected by Karen Larsen

This article from the May 23, 1985 edition of Waterville Empire Press tells of a successful blood drive, which included participation from many Waterville High School students.

Blood drive goes over the top

Becky Irmer, American Red Cross blood services chairman, was more than pleased with the blood drawing last Monday.

Eighty-three people, including 10 high school students who had never given blood before, helped to put the Waterville drawing over the 75 pint quota.

“We really appreciated having the kids come in,” Becky said. “These kids are great. We really depended on them to supply blood.”

High school students giving blood for the first time were Teresa Anderson, Jim Browning, Mia Buse, Damin Daling, Norman Harshaw, Leslie Peterson, Dennis Serrano, Teresa Slager, Cryss Viebrock and Clinton Wilkinson.

Susan Irmer and Mike Horton also gave blood, although not for the first time.

Barney Lancaster received a seven-gallon pin, Virginia Nelson has given four gallons, Elsie Tittle has given three gallons of blood, and Terri Brandt and Alan Loebsack reached the one gallon mark with this drawing.

Edna Jensen was co-chairman of the blood drawing and did a terrific job. Becky said, “and as usual, the cookies and sandwiches were excellent.” St. Joseph’s Altar Society was in charge of the canteen for this drawing.