On April 23, Imperial Valley Blood Services held a blood drive at Alford Distributing to benefit two members of the Sunrunners Car Club, Frank Barros and Ed Quan.
The response was overwhelming! In just six hours we saw 86 people and drawing 81 pints of blood. Both Frank and Ed were on hand and I think they were overwhelmed by the show of support and caring exhibited by the people of the Imperial Valley.
All of this could not have been possible without the support of the Imperial Valley Press, KXO radio and the Sunrunners Car Club who publicized the event. I owe special thanks to Cherie, Rich and Cherisse Alford for agreeing to host the drive and for providing cold drinks and drawing prizes.
Special thanks also must go to Carroll Buckley and KXO radio for donating 20 Padres tickets. Toni Almaden and Sylvia Ortiz from Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District must be lauded for offering free cholesterol screening. Additionally, I want to thank McNeece Mart for providing pizza for our donors. Thanks, too to Mary Slade and Lydia Vega from Imperial Valley Community Health Organization for their help in registering donors.