Donors hit home run for Red Cross Blood Drive
Shontee Bland, center, and fellow phlebotomist Beatrice Lazaro, right, provide treatment to Pfc. Charles Anderson, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., 1st ABCT, May 15 at the Fort Riley Blood Drive. Photo by: Andy Massanet, USAG.
Story by: Andy Massanet
USAG Public Affairs
The turnout for the American Red Cross Blood Drive May 15 was far better than expected, Red Cross officials reported.
"We had a lot more (donors) here today than I thought we'd have," said Gayle Guillick, phlebotomist. "I expected about 40, and we've had over 100. Someone really promoted this event well."
That "someone" was Jacquie Mack, station manager, Fort Riley Red Cross. The event drew more than 160 donors and gathered about 60 units of blood.
Among the donors was Sandy Law, spouse of Col. Robert Law, the future commander of the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
Law said she was no stranger to donating blood, but it had been a long time since she last donated.
"I think I was in college the last time I did it," she said. "But I feel good. It's been fun. They've had more people than anticipated, which is a good problem to have. But, it's been a great event, and I've had the opportunity to get out and meet some of the Soldiers, so I'm glad I came."
One challenge for donors like Law: Light-headedness.
"I feel pretty good," Law said, "but I felt a little lightheaded immediately afterward when they took the tubes out. But (the phlebotomist) said that was normal, so I feel pretty good."
Meanwhile, Mack said she was pleased with the support she received from Fort Riley.
"I just want to extend a great thank you to the Army leadership and civilians for their help," Mack said.
The next blood drive is Jun. 6 and then Aug. 14.