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East St. Paul folks in giving mood

Posted: January 30, 2017

East St. Paul folks in giving mood

                                                                 Nicole Todd                                                             Doug Wazny                              

Doug Wazny did something Dec. 9 that he's done plenty of times before - he gave blood.

"I think this is getting close to 80 times," Wazny said, while Canadian Blood Services Donor Care Associate Rebecca Cecotka monitored his progress.

Wazny was one of 69 who showed up to the East St. Paul recreation complex for the December Blood Donor Clinic.
The clinic was "adopted" by East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart, who pledged to bring in 60 donors.  So news that more than 60 showed up was great, Hart said.

"Donating blood is the most generous gift you can give.  It costs you nothing more than a few minutes of your time," Hart said.

"I am so thankful to these residents who took the time to donate during this very busy holiday season."

Wazny started giving blood in 1964 and though he took some time off says he's been a regular for the last 20 years.
Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Todd was giving blood for the first time, and she admitted she was a little nervous.
"I don't like needles," she said while waiting her turn.
But, with her parents along to donate too, she said she wanted to do the right thing.

"It's the Christmas spirit.  Just give."

Doug Roberts
East St. Paul volunteer firefighter Doug Roberts said he's been donating for about 25 years.
"It's the gift of life and you should donate all the time if you can," Roberts said.

Darrin Desmedt, territory manager of donor services with Canadian Blood Services, said the East St. Paul clinic has continually attracted more donors, and December's 69 donors more than doubles the 32 that showed up for the June clinic.  A September clinic was up over June as well, with 53 donors.

"I couldn't be happier with the progress of the East St. Paul Community Clinic," Desmedt said, noting that Mayor Hart's efforts in promoting the clinic have yielded terrific results.  
"Thank you (to Mayor Hart) for all her support, it truly is making a very big difference."
The next East St. Paul Blood Donor Clinic will be held at the Recreation Complex on FEB 3, 2017.


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