The Bethel Blood Drive, held Sept. 18-20, in partnership with YKHC and the Blood Bank of Alaska, along with many community sponsors, was a great success.
Nearly 60 percent of those who attempted to donate blood were first time donors. There were a total of 129 people who registered or attempted to donate. A total of 88 people were eligible to donate over the course of the three-day drive. An increase from last year! Some of those who wanted to donate blood were ineligible for any number of reasons, including having a cold or other illness.
As a result of this great response, an estimate of nearly 264 potential lives may be saved due to this community-wide effort.
Numerous thanks is owed to our major local sponsors, including Alaska Air Cargo, Northern Air Cargo, KYUK, Crowley, KUC, Bethel Car Rental, Subway, and AVCP Allanavik hotel for making the event such a success for the Blood Bank of Alaska team.