Blood donor clinic falls short of quota

The two-day blood donor clinic that wrapped up here Thursday fell well short of its goal.
“We had a total of 368 donors and that’s short of our quota of 425,” said Marnee Miller of the La Verendrye hospital auxiliary, which helped organize the clinic locally.
The clinic, held at Fort Frances High School, attracted 149 donors on Wednesday and another 219 people yesterday.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know where all the people were,” said Miller, noting the blood donor clinic was advertised locally and donating blood recently has been encouraged in the media in the wake of this month’s terrorist attacks in the U.S.
“We figured we’d be really busy. In our last hour from 8-9 p.m. [last night], we had 11 donors,” remarked Miller.
But the lack of donors wasn’t a problem elsewhere in the region, added Miller, noting the clinic in Dryden on Monday and Tuesday exceeded its quota of 425 by 23 donors.
Last year’s fall blood drive here also fell short of its quota of 370, seeing a two-day total of 338 donors.