Despite the coldest weather of the winter, donors turned out en force for the American Red Cross blood drive at the Windom Community Center in Windom on Wednesday.
In fact, it marked the first time since the coronavirus pandemic reached Minnesota in March 2020 that a Red Cross blood drive in Windom went over its goal. Red Cross’s goal for the Windom stop was 67 units, which was surpassed by five units for a total of 72.
“Red Cross and Windom Women of Today would like to say a huge thank you to every donor who braved the cold to come out to donate,” said Monica Muller of Windom Women of Today, which coordinates the local drive. “The need is very critical so every unit is very much appreciated by the Red Cross — and especially the person receiving the gift of life with that unit of blood.”
Those 72 units, despite 11 no shows or sickness, included 12 power reds, which equals 24 units.
There was one incomplete, nine deferrals and six walk-ins.
For more on the blood drive, including door prize winners, see the Jan. 12 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen.
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