Employees, others turn out for first blood drive

With 17 Eagan staff donors, about half of them fi rst timers, the first Red Cross blood drive held at ProAct in recent memory tapped 21 contributors, and could have served more if medical supplies hadn’t run out.

“We filled up all of the open slots,” said organizer and Designated Coordinator Allie Chambers. One of the donors from outside of ProAct was Transportation Coordinator Heidi Corcoran with Dakota County.

“I came because I have a partnership with ProAct,” she said. “If I’m going to expect them to be at the table volunteering, then I should be volunteering as well. That’s what partnerships are all about.” Designated Coordinator Becky Ruddy, a first-time donor, said she always admired people who gave blood and wanted to do what she could to help people.

Those who reserved spots were entered in a drawing for a swag bag, Red Cross hat, insulated mug, emergency cool pack, gift cards and Girl Scout cookies.