JOHN DAY - The American Red Cross had a successful two-day blood drive Oct. 28 and 29 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In all, 72 units were collected Tuesday and 42 on Wednesday.

Several double red cell donations were given; This is a newer program allowing O positive donors to use special equipment which takes a double unit of red cells and returns the blood plasma to the donor.

Joan Bowling, chairwoman for the event, said Red Cross exceeded their goal of 112 units by two.

Concerned that the drive might not reach its goal, Bowling took a turn on a recliner Oct. 29 to give a donation.

Stacey McKinney of Prairie City also donated and earned her third gallon pin, gold in color and shaped like a drop of blood.

"I'm giving today in honor of my mother Gilda Hope," she said. "This would have been her 88th birthday."

The next blood drive will be on March 31 and April 1 at the church and on April 2 at Grant Union High School.

For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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