A community blood drive hosted by Atonement Lutheran Church in Jamestown for Vitalant on April 26 helped collect 43 units of blood products for patients in need.

Forty-four individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 37 individuals were able to donate at the drive. Six donors gave Power Red Cells, where two units of red blood cells are collected while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution to the donor. Two people donated for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Ardina Bentz, who coordinated the drive, the church, which sponsored the blood drive, and others who assisted, Cory and Larry Trautman, Lloyd Fugelstad, Dale Harr, Bernie Macillonie, Carson Ova and Chase Ova.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region.