Red Cross holds blood drive to fight shortage

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church opened its doors to generous neighbors and parishioners on Jan. 14 to host an American Red Cross blood drive. The cooperative effort was organized by the Knights of Columbus Council 4304. “Thanks to all who helped make Sunday’s blood drive a big success,” said project head Patrick Rupinski, expressing his gratitude on behalf of the Knights. “We had 50 total number of blood products donated. This includes 42 whole blood products given by individuals. We also had four Power Red donors whose donations count double, accounting for eight productive blood products.” Donors and their families were treated to a hot breakfast cooked and served by the Knights including scrambled eggs, grits, bacon and sausage, biscuits, and gravy. The American Red Cross reports there is an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of donors in 20 years. The next blood drive at Our Lady of Sorrows is set for March 17.