"It takes a village" as the saying starts, and in this case a community to plan and execute a blood drive. Specifically, the Columbus Red Cross blood drive held on June 13 at Zion church. The drive saw 90 donors from the community and was able to collect 104 units. This has the potential to save 312 lives. Congratulations to Gary Taurick who received a 7-gallon pin at this drive.

Many thanks go out to our sponsor, all the community volunteers and Zion church. Each play a large role in conducting a successful drive. First we would like to extend a big thanks to Kevin White of Contree Sprayers and Equipment for sponsoring our Blood Drive. A sponsors support allows us to offer a lovely lunch for our donors and in a small way help to defray additional costs incurred by the sponsoring facility. Thanks also goes to the Lions Club for their help in set up and tear down. A thank you to Culver's for their donation of custard as a special treat to our donors. A huge thank you to the Zion Ladies for their preparation of the lovely lunch we are able to serve our donors. Thanks to Dick Powers for putting out the curbside signs for the drive and to Darlene Marks for putting up posters throughout Columbus. Thanks also go to the parishioners of Olivet Congregational church for their donation of home baked cookies. An especially big thank you goes out to the many volunteers who on the day of the drive help to make the donation process run smoothly. It takes a caring community and it's is great to know that is what we have here in Columbus.

Our next drive will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall.

Jo Hilpert,


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