Rotary Club assists the American Red Cross in collecting blood

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte Noon Rotary Club hosted their 16th Annual Bloodhounds Blood Drive Wednesday at the Sandhills Convention Center.

Amanda Kobek is with the American Red Cross and said she appreciates that a group has continued to support them.

"I am so incredibly grateful for the North Platte Noon Rotary for this it can be hard to find groups that want to do blood drives it can be hard to find donors that want to come in and donate blood and so to have such a strong partnership with the North Platte Noon Rotary I'm thankful for it everyday I really am," said Kobek.

Kobek also said that they have had to cancel some blood drives due to weather so they are in desperate need, "If you are healthy and able to donate, please come and donate we urgently need any and all blood types. Type O is really needed right now because we have had to cancel so many blood drives in March and it does take its toll on the blood supply."

People donating Wednesday received a free t-shirt from the Red Cross or the Noon Rotary Club and donors could partake in complimentary sandwiches, donuts or other snacks.

In addition to donating blood, people could vote for a cash prize between:
Fur the Love of PAWS, Team Grady, Habitat for Humanity or Lincoln County CASA. The non-profit with the most votes will be awarded $300, second place $200 and third place $100.

The winners were:
1st place: Team Grady
2nd place: Fur the Love of PAWS
3rd place: Lincoln County CASA

The goal for Wednesday was 93 units. They were able to collect 61 units.

The t-shirts for donors were provided by Noon Rotary and The American Red Cross. Meals provided by Great Plains Health,
snacks, juice & water provided by The American Red Cross, and soda donated by Eickhoff Construction.