- Published on Monday, 10 September 2012 02:28
- Written by Super User
Federal Point Masonic Lodge # 753 sponsored their annual summer blood drive back on July 31. The lodge is located on the corner of Harper and Fifth Street in Carolina Beach. Thanks to the brothers of the lodge and local community for their support. This blood drive exceeded our expectations and goals for units of productive blood collected. Last year’s summer blood drive resulted with 21 units of blood collected by the American Red Cross Blood Drive staff. This past July, we were able to collect 29 units of productive blood and had to turn away 12 other donors because there was not enough time for them to donate. According to the Red Cross, these collected units of blood will provide assistance for to up to 87 other individuals in need. The blood drive started at 2 p.m. and was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. The Red Cross nurses with their Blood Services Bloodmobile did not finish with the last donor until 7:15 p.m. Though they were exhausted at the end of the drive with non-stop donors present all day, they were also very excited with the turnout.
The Masons of Federal Point Lodge #753 want to thank, first of all, the citizens of Carolina and Kure Beach and New Hanover County for taking time out of their day to donate the gift of life for someone in need. We also greatly appreciate the support given by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce staff, the Carolina Beach Fire Department, lodge brothers and their spouses, New Hanover County Schools, St. Pauls Methodist Church members and pastor in Carolina Beach, and the “Got Em On” live bait club and their members. If I have forgotten anyone, rest assured that your effort was also appreciated and contributed to this successful event. The lodge will continue to sponsor blood drives for the Pleasure Island community and their neighbors. Out next Blood Drive will be scheduled sometime after the first of the year in February. Notifications will be sent out and we look forward to this continued support. Our plan is to work with the ARC Blood Services to increase the collection capacity next time so no one has to worry about being turned away. Attached is a picture of some of the people reviewing donor information before going out to the Blood Services collection bus.