By Dorothy Evans

Weiser held its quarterly blood drive on Wednesday, March 28, and despite being Spring Break 60 people showed up to donate.  Weiser has a wonderful group of donors who can be relied on every quarter and we are thankful for them, but we also welcomed several newcomers and two first-timers.  

“Easy-peasy” was how first-time blood donor Chance Whittaker, 29, described his experience.  He had decided to donate because he has the type of blood anybody can use.  He noted that his fiancé, Trina Souza, also donates. 

First-timer Amber Looney, 34, admitted she was a little nervous but said “everybody has blood so we should donate it if we can.”  Her friend, Sonia Lopez, gives as well.  Amber starts Medical Assistant training in five days and interestingly enough, blood drawing will be the topic on her first day.  

We are very grateful to all the donors.  Those who gave their permission to print their name are:  Ralph Graham, Jason Bair, Kyla Dickerson, Cynthia Matthews, Mari Bionaz, Pablo Yzquierdo, Larry Lee, Bret Karnes, Chris McCord, Sabrina Young, Denise Longo, Chance Whittaker, Mary Walker, Steve Cooper, Janet MacLean, Owen Edwards, Colleen Edwards, Sarah Real, Bob Barber, Pat Sullivan, Patrick Powell, Jessica Fuentes, Erin Winsor, Joe Milner, David Hopper, Marie Thomas, Emberlee Thomas, Camilla Thomas, Amy Uhl, Sheila Sorensen, Linda McLaughlin, Hal Fitch, Marg Chipman, Charles Winegardner, Rex Winegar, Amber Looney, Jodi Johnson, Molly Jensen, Doreen Hirata, Annaka Wogan, James Johnson, Elizabeth Moore, Nadine Glascock, Courtney Woodard, Rose Speropulos, Francisca Flores, Torrina Logan, Kim Hamilton, Mark Christensen, Travis Young, Alex Chavarria and Scott Ellwood.

As always, the blood drive could not happen without the help of the volunteers. Delores Overacker, Patty Dickinson, Rosa Yzquierdo and Val Donicht took charge of the kitchen (purchasing food supplies, making sandwiches, keeping the food tables stocked for the donors).  Their long-time helper, Nancy Futrell, was recovering and we hope to see her back next time.  The expense of the sandwich makings, paper supplies and WIFI were covered by a generous donation from MTE.  Delicious cookies for the donors were contributed by Laureate Phi Sorority and a fabulous baked potato bar was a combined donation from all five groups in Beta Sigma Phi and cooked by Xi Nu Sorority.  Alex and Jacob Chavarria made phone calls and reservations, and Pat West and Dorothy Evans handled the registration.  Lyle Kleppin escorted donors from the draw stations to the food table.  Assisting Lyle was first-time volunteer, Katelynn Young, 15, who will be vying for Miss Western Idaho Teen this summer.  She plans to use blood donation as her platform. 

Weiser’s next blood drive will be held in the Vendome on Wednesday, May 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please call Alex Chavarria at 208-602-7138 to schedule an appointment.  Your blood could save a life.  There’s no better way to spend an hour of your time.