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Helping others one pint at a time

Salina Presbyterian Manor is in the business of helping others. That’s why it’s no surprise there are regular blood drives on campus.

The drive in November was a great success, with the community collecting 13 pints of blood.

“Thanks to all who donated and helped save a life! There is a shortage of blood at this time, so it is truly a lifesaver for many,” said Cathy Boos, life enrichment director.

Fortunately, there are many staff members and individuals in the community with a passion for helping.

“It’s kind of like voting, it’s my civic duty, and what I do to help,” said Charlie Peterson, CMA in healthcare. “I’m past three gallons. I’ve been donating blood since I was 17.”

It’s action like this that motivates others to donate.

“The reality is that it is not what you TELL people to encourage them to donate, they need to see you doing. Our actions speak much louder than our words,” said Desi Flerlage, executive director.

Presbyterian Manor likes to make it as easy as possible, too.

“The biggest reason (Salina Presbyterian Manor hosts blood drives) is the convenience. You don’t have to leave work, it takes out so many of the excuses when it’s right here under your own roof. This is also a great way to get new donors involved or people who do not realize the importance of donating,” said Desi.

The next opportunity to give blood at Presbyterian Manor will be at the blood drive on Thursday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the lower level.

“I encourage everybody that’s able to come out and donate! With all the flooding and the fires and everything going on, blood is needed,” said Charlie.

PHOTOS: Desi Flerlage, Nikki Roediger, Amy Thompson and American Red Cross staff make donating blood look easy. Guess what? It is!

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