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5/6/2020 7:53:00 AM
Letter to the Editor
Blood Drive Numbers Low

There have been many unfortunate consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic in our community. One of these is the reduction in local blood drives, especially since many of those have traditionally been held at schools and churches. I saw several postings of a blood drive at the Lincoln County YMCA on Monday, May 4, 2020 from 2-7 p.m. Since the frequent blood drives at my workplace have temporarily stopped, I was glad to see a local drive that I could attend since we don’t have a donation center in our county.

When I arrived and signed in for my 5:45 p.m. appointment, I was the fourth name on the list. I asked if that was the second page of the sign-in, because surely more than three people donated in the almost four hours before I arrived. Sadly, I was actually only the fourth person that day. My teenage daughter came after me, and was the fifth, and last, donor.

We are a city of 10,000 people, and while a significant number of people aren’t eligible to donate for a variety of reasons, I struggle to believe we can’t get more than five people to donate, especially with these drives being so infrequent right now. I can understand the number of donors being lower with coronavirus fears, but five people? Lincolnton, we can, and should, do better than this.

Adrien Sanders
Lincolnton, N.C.

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