Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

St. Peter Parish continues successful blood drives

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 2, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Twice a year, the parishioners of St. Peter Parish in Spokane step forward to give of themselves through donations of blood to help others in need.

In early May and again in September, a mobile unit from the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) arrives in the church parking lot shortly after 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning to begin what has become one of the premiere blood drives held at a church in the entire service area of INBC.

During the month of September, there will be a total of 87 blood drives sponsored by INBC, which has blood collection centers in Spokane, Lewiston, Moses Lake and Coeur d’Alene. Of those, only six drives collected more units of blood at their prior blood drive than did the drive at St. Peter. Three of those drives were in communities outside Spokane that were drawing from a population base of about 16,000 people.

On Sept. 7, there were 45 units of blood given by parishioners, the church’s second most successful blood drive since the parish began hosting drives in 2000. Because each unit of blood given goes to help three or more recipients, approximately 150 people will benefit from the unselfish gift of those silent heroes who contributed.

According to INBC, it takes 150 units of blood daily to serve the needs of the 23 different medical centers they serve throughout the Inland Northwest.

The drives at St. Peter Parish are co-chaired by parishioners Jim Mansfield, retired dean of admissions at Gonzaga, and Jim Walsh, a retired Spokane Fire Department battalion chief.

To either begin or improve a blood drive already hosted by a parish, call either INBC – 624-0151 – or St. Peter Parish – 534-2227.

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