Blood Drive Pulls in Volunteers for Donations of Life

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November 16, 2011 - 1 minute read
Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges shows us her bag o’ blood. — Photo by Donna Bach

Bethel's first community-organized blood drive in nearly 10 years took place at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center on September 13 and 14.

Organized in large part by Material Management's Nabil Daoud in conjunction with the YKHC Lab and the Public Relations Dept., the event required extensive planning and numerous volunteers. Significant sponsorships from the region's community partners and solid backing from YKHC's Senior Leadership Team contributed to the success of the blood drive.

More than 120 units of blood were collected over the course of two days. The original goal of the drive was to see a minimum of 40 donors a day; 60 donors were screened the first day and 59 the second.

Large contributions were made by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Robert V. Lindsey post #10041, Crowley, Bethel Car Rental, AVCP's Allanavik Hotel, Alaska Airlines Cargo and YKHC. Additional donations of door prizes, volunteer time, food, space and logistics by Bethel's local businesses added value and hospitality to the event.

An iPad 2 was raffled off to Bethel's Jesuit Volunteer Ryan O'Connell who works as a youth minister at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Thank you all who participated!

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