July 22, 2014

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Career center blood drive sets a record

MEDINA — A blood drive at the Medina County Career Center collected 260 pints Tuesday — breaking the county record set during a similar drive last year.

“We’re just very proud and very fortunate to have the Career Center as a partner,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Maria Menillo said.

Student Brandon Zakrejsek, 17, gives blood Tuesday at the Medina County Career Center. This was Zakrejsek’s second time giving blood. “It went better the first time,” he jokingly said. “Sorry,” he added, looking to the nurse standing watch. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Though the drive set a record, it came up shy of the cneter’s goal of 300 pints. Last year, the blood drive collected 240 pints.

This year’s drive was 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Career Center students, faculty and staff, and 2 to 6 p.m. for parents, adults and evening students.

Red Cross spokeswoman Janine Mawson said she was proud the event went as well as it did.

“When we first started, we were lucky to get 75 or 80 pints,” Mawson said. “Now look at us.”

Career Center spokeswoman Christine Kurth agreed that she had never seen a blood drive run so smoothly as Tuesday’s.

“It’s unprecedented, what they’re doing,” she said. “It’s the ideal blood drive.”

Students were let out of class to give blood, Kurth said.

Among them was Nate O’Neill, 17, who gave blood for the first time Tuesday.

“I’d do it again,” he said. “I like doing charity work and helping out the community.”

A friend of his, Tom Henes, 18, said he had given blood a handful of times before, but Tuesday was his first time giving double red cells.

“I like to mix it up,” Henes said. “You know, try something new.”

The drive required five bloodmobiles, 34 donor beds, about two dozen nurses, six community volunteers and several student helpers, Kurth said.

The Red Cross puts on a blood drive at the Career Center twice a year, Kurth said. There will be another one May 7.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.