Rockford-area residents defied incoming foul weather to donate blood at the Rockford Community Cabin on Monday, Jan. 31. According to Melissa Meitz, donor relations specialist, 60 people signed in and 49 units of blood were donated. This is the equivalent of 147 lives saved. Three residents were first time donors.
Meitz reported that many people reached new donor gallon milestones. Elizabeth Hatt, Gary Liggett and Susan Rowe all have donated one gallon of blood for the use of others in need. Susan Clements has reached a total of three gallons donated. Elizabeth Howell has donated a total of four gallons. Todd Galloway has reached an amazing eight gallons donated. Brian McNamara has donated 12 gallons and Charles Burch has donated15 gallons.
Michigan Blood and other organizations which run blood drives say winter is a time of great need and supplies can be low due to poor weather conditions. The next Michigan Blood community blood drive is Monday, March 7, at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street in downtown Rockford from noon to 7 p.m.