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Red Cross Blood Drive

blood drive  2/22/11  dw 

With the latest round of severe winter storms, the Red Cross has been unable to collect blood donations in certain parts of the state and areas of the nation.  As a result, there is a ten-year low on blood collections across the United States.  There is a recovery plan in place.  The Norton Community Blood Drive is part of the recovery plan.  Over 30,000 donations have been lost since January first and several hundred of those are in the Kansas region.  The plan is for a recovery in small increments across the whole United States.  The Norton Community Blood Drive is tomorrow at the National Guard Armory from Noon to 6 p.m. The goal for the blood drive is 115 donations and the Red Cross is hoping to go over that goal by at least ten percent.  Many volunteers from the Norton County area cook for the event and help the Red Cross provide a comfortable environment to give blood to over 115 donors, six times a year in Norton, and other blood drives are held at the Norton Community High School, Northern Valley High School, Lenora Community, the Norton Correctional Facility and the Norton County Hospital. In the calendar year for 2010, Norton County brought in 918 donations.  The American Red Cross Central Plains Region serves over 100 hospitals, including the Norton County Hospital.