Red Cross officials at the drive praised the response. Mobile Unit Assistant Jeff Pence said, “We’ve got 35 units and are going to go beyond. This is absolutely a success, especially on short notice.” There were still two hours left for collections.
Volunteer Ken Tyler said that participation had been steady all afternoon until the onset of heavy afternoon storms, breaking a week-long heat wave. “Since the rain, it has slowed down.”
Tyler was joined by fellow volunteer Mary Taylor describing the reasons behind the shortage, that left the Red Cross down to a six-hour supply of some types, according to a recent press release.
“There have been a lot of accidents recently- boating accidents, people in cars or out on four-wheelers. Summertime is always bad. In winter, people take it easy. In the summer, Kids like to see how fast they can go,” said Taylor.
Tyler added, “A lot of people are on vacation in the summer and don’t want to take the time to donate or are out of town.”
Bob Littlepage is a regular donor with the Red Cross. He found out about the crisis when the Red Cross canvassed previous donors for assistance via telephone. “They called me up last night. I think they have me on speed dial.”
Some donors at the drive missed the previous collection in June due to busy schedules, but found out about the need and rolled up their sleeves.
Velma Turner, a semi truck driver, said that she saw an announcement at the bank. “I used to give quite often and am starting my eighth gallon. I am usually not at home to donate, but am on vacation now.”
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