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Letter: Donate blood Tuesday at Williams High

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to Williams-Grand Canyon News to thank the Williams Community and Williams High School for their support of the Community Blood Drive Program. The next Williams Community Blood Drive at Williams High School (WHS) is from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

I would like to apologize for the issues that occurred with the last blood drive in October and inform you of what we are doing to rectify those issues. United Blood Services and Williams High School have been diligently working to achieve a smoother flowing blood drive and to ensure that everyone will have a chance to donate blood. First of all, we moved the blood drive back a day to acquire more staff. We have also extended the blood drive by an hour. This will accommodate donors quicker. The gym has been acquired for the blood drives, which will enable our staff to set-up more donor beds and interview booths for a quicker turnaround time. I will be present for the entire blood drive to ensure flow is consistent and timely as well as an adequate amount of supplies on hand.

I appreciate the input and patience I've received from everyone to ensure the Community Blood Drive Program continues at WHS. Mike Fleishman and the WHS Student Council are doing such an incredible job and growing pains are to be expected but we are working through these. The leadership and altruistic values the blood drive program instills in students are helpful to them with future endeavors and is helpful to the blood drive program as it creates lifelong blood donors in addition to saving countless lives. In addition, with the tremendous success of the program at WHS, WHS Student Council is well under way to receive a platinum award, the division title and the suite at an upcoming Diamondbacks game in the High School Awards Program. They are in fierce competition with Ash Fork School.

United Blood Services is the sole provider to Flagstaff Medical Center and we provide blood to approximately 93 percent of the hospitals in the state of Arizona. Seven hundred donations are needed daily in Arizona and every two seconds someone needs blood. The contribution from WHS and community is a tremendous help with the need for blood.

If you would like to make an appointment, go to

www.bloodhero.com or contact Mike Fleishman at (928) 635-4474. Once again, thank you for your support in giving the gift of life. I look forward to seeing you on Jan. 25. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like more information.

Carina Fors

Donor Recruitment Representative

United Blood Services Northern Arizona

cfors@bloodsystems.org

(928) 607-0152

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