Public Safety Agencies Blood Drive June
Chief of Police Dave
Sheriff David Reynolds
Major Doug Snider
Porter County 58 Units
Lake County 102 Units
No losers in
Lake County wins by
the numbers, but Porter County also exceeds goal
There were no losers in the blood donor battle between the Lake and
Porter sheriff's departments, according to Gail Atkinson, the donor
recruitment representative for the American Red Cross.
Each county surpassed the overall goal, which was 50 donors,
Atkinson said Saturday.
"They very much exceeded their goal, and everyone who 'presented' is
a hero," she said.
The competition, which took place Thursday through Saturday, was
based on how many donors "present" or show up to give blood,
Atkinson said. Not all donors, she explained, are found eligible to
actually give blood.
Out of the 64 presented on Friday in Porter County, 58 units were
drawn. On the same day in Lake County, out of the 121 presented, 102
units were obtained.
"Obviously (Lake) beat us, but it was a happy competition," said
Atkinson, whose seven-county district includes Porter County but not
The rules of the competition allowed each county to continue
accepting donations as long as they were within one day of the
actual competition on Friday.
That meant out of the 46 presented Thursday in Lake County, 41 units
were drawn. On Saturday, out of 41 presented in Porter County, 30
units were collected.
It was the first such competition, Atkinson said, but it won't be
"We hope to do it annually," she said, adding that the winner gets a
plaque, which will "travel" each year, much like a traveling trophy.