Next blood drive set July 22


Saturday’s quarterly blood drive collected 11 units from nine donors – two of the visitors to the mobile unit parked at Pilgrim Lutheran Church gave ‘double reds’ through the Blood Center of East Texas.

“I’m always wanting more donors,” says the Rev. Jayson Galler. The Pilgrim Lutheran Church minister and Rotarian organizes the quarterly drives, co-hosted by the club and church. That said, “We were pleased and grateful for the donors that we had.”

As the drive didn’t reach its 25-unit collection goal, the current plan is to roll the $400 of Citizen Bank’s potential cash prizes forward to the next quarterly push in July.

Saturday’s four-and-a-half-hour collection was the first to pair the local hosts with the Blood Center of East Texas.

“Everything went well,” Galler said, and the Rotary Club’s leaders are pleased with bringing the new operation on board: “They were impressed with the professionalism of the group.”

The next drive is set for July 22, and it will likely be in a slightly-different location.

Still operating at the church, “We expect by then we should be in the new building,” Galler said. Construction on the congregation’s new Parrish Hall is nearing completion, “so it should be inside as opposed to the coach.”