’Tis the sea­son for giv­ing

Sandy Cove res­i­dent do­nates blood for the past 34 years

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY ADAM RAN­DELL

As Lisa Napier clenched a stress ball to as­sist in cir­cu­la­tion, phle­botomist Ar­lene Hal­ley was pre­par­ing a nee­dle to be­ing the col­lec­tion process.

In the true spirit of giv­ing, the Sandy Cove res­i­dent used her lunch break on Dec. 12 to do­nate blood in Gan­der.

It’s some­thing she’s been do­ing for the past 34 years, mak­ing the first do­na­tion at just 17 years old.

“I work in health­care, a lab tech­nol­o­gist by trade, so I know what it’s be­ing used for and the help that it pro­vides,” said Napier. “And I know there’s a need for it.”

As a re­sult, she’ll do­nate blood twice a year.

Head­ing up the New­found­land mo­bile col­lec­tion sta­tions for Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is Jan­ice Owens.

The out of town mo­bile clin­ics cov­ers ar­eas through­out the prov­ince from St. John’s to Grand Falls. With Christ­mas be­ing the sea­son for giv­ing, Owens said there isn’t a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in do­na­tions be­ing made.

“But we do have some donors that will come out once a year and it will be prior to Christ­mas,” she said.

And in gen­eral, Owens said New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans have al­ways been very kind in mak­ing do­na­tions.

For ex­am­ple, on day one of two in Gan­der, the clinic was aim­ing for 43 units, but col­lected 52 units.

“But we are al­ways look­ing for more donors,” said Owens.

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