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Push on for more blood donors in Sunnyside

The need for blood supplies is a constant, and so are the donors who provide the gift of life for those facing medical procedures.

Towards that end, the Yakima Valley Dairy Women will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drawing next Tuesday, June 24, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Sunnyside's United Methodist Church.

According to Sunnyside's blood drawing chairman, Marie Handy, the number of donors has steadily been declining over the years.

"We have a lot of people who are faithful donors," said Handy, but she questions who will step forward when the long-time blood donors are no longer here to donate their blood.

"We'd like more people to be involved," Handy said.

She explained that just about anybody qualifies to be a blood donor. They simply have to be 17 years of age or older, Handy said, and be in good health. Teens 16 years of age can also donate blood, if they have a signed American Red Cross parental consent form.

Walk-in donors will be gladly accepted next Tuesday at the downtown Edison Avenue church, or, said Handy, those who want to shorten their waiting time can call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to make an appointment for a specified time.

In volunteering to sponsor the June 24 blood drawing, the Yakima Valley Dairy Women are responsible for providing the refreshments given to donors after they donate blood. June, said Handy, is national dairy month, and the dairy women of the Lower Yakima Valley always provide plenty of goodies at the June blood drawing.

"We hope to see lots of people next Tuesday," said Handy, explaining the goal is to draw nearly 80 units of blood.

"With summer here there always seems to be more going on outdoors, and that usually means more accidents," said Handy. "Along with the accidents comes the need for more blood supplies.

"I'm asking the citizens of Sunnyside to step up and help out those people who are going to need that blood.

"We'll be at the United Methodist Church all afternoon next Tuesday, from 1 to 6 p.m. All people have to do is show up, we'll take care of the rest," Handy said.

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