Donors give generously at Blood Drive
The Stanstead Volunteer Firefighters held their annual Blood Drive at Sunnyside School yesterday. With an admirable goal of 100 donors, at 5:30 pm yesterday, Fire Chief Jean Fluet was confident that the goal would be reached by the end of the drive at 7:30 pm even though he was just a lit-
tle over 50%. “The shops have just closed so we’re expecting more people to come in soon. Not all employers will give their employees permission to leave during working hours to give blood,” commented Mr. Fluet.
Stanstead resident Clint Rowsell, who had just given blood and was recuperating on a stretcher, has given blood every year for sixteen years. “When I was younger I received some blood so I’ve given blood every year since then,” said Mr. Rowsell. Gwendolyn Pope, also from Stanstead, had just given blood for the sixth time. When asked what motivated her to start giving blood regularly, she explained: “Because my partner died of leukemia and, in his last year, he was getting several transfusions every week. If it helped him, I thought, I can help someone else.” Although Mrs. Pope described the blood giving process as painless, she did admit, with a smile, that she was disappointed that the replenishing snack given to donors had changed from donuts to healthy cookies and dried cranberries!
After a quick call to Mr. Fluet at 7:30 pm, it was learnt that the final tally was 80 donors. “We really appreciate the people who came out to donate. We’ll help a lot of people with the blood we got today,” he said.
Stanstead’s Clint Rowsell has given blood sixteen times since he first received blood sixteen years ago.