Haunted Blood Drive a success

Donors line up at the front of the Michigan Blood bus to help with the Haunted Blood Drive held Oct. 26 at the Kmart Plaza in Manistee. (Courtesy Photo)

MANISTEE — Michigan Blood and the 2-1-1 Action Team are grateful to Manistee County residents for making the haunted blood drive a huge success for all the agencies involved on Oct. 26.

“We had projected about 30 donors, so the 55 who registered is far above what we anticipated!” said Susan Street, donor relations specialist for Michigan Blood.

The 2-1-1 Action Team set its goal at 50 people and that target was also exceeded.

“Manistee County was extremely thoughtful and responsive to the need and objective of this blood drive,” said Evelyn Szpliet, director of the 2-1-1 Action Team. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the participation from the community.”

Potential donors came from all around Manistee County, including some from Onekama and Wellston.

“The wait was long at times but the donors were understanding and the staff was completely professional,” said Wellson resident Charone Sexton. “Realizing the impact my donation was making on the community made it well worth the wait.”

“The Michigan Blood team was a class act and made everyone comfortable,” said Manistee resident Deb Pieczynski.

The event was completed with the help of Kmart of Manistee, Michigan Blood, West Shore Medical Center, MHS Allied Health Students and the 2-1-1 Action Team.

2-1-1 is a free, non-profit, public service telephone information and referral system available by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-5253.

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