County residents give generously

Dede McCrosky of the Red Cross taps Calvin Woempner of Enterprise for a pintof blood on Thursday. Woempner has been donating for 50 years, totaling perhaps eight gallons, he said.

The Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region of the Red Cross was in Enterprise collecting red gold. Wallowa County always has a good turnout of volunteers, said McCrosky, who spent the day drawing blood.

The initial donation goal for the day was 80 donors. As of noon there were already 98 people on the schedule.

The Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region covers Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon and Utah. Local Red Cross blood-drive units travel to parts of Idaho including Moscow, Idaho Falls and Ketchum, as well as Eastern Oregon and even Portland on occasion.

According to the National Blood Data Resource Center, U.S. institutions collected more than 15 million units of whole blood and red cells in 2001, the most recent year for which data are available. Blood centers collected 93 percent of the donated units, while hospitals collected the balance. These donations were made by approximately eight million volunteer blood donors. The American Red Cross collects almost half of these donations across the U.S.

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