Paul Coleman, right, removes a hat from Sterling resident Lynn Baker as Blood Bank of Alaska staffer Rita Wydra, unseen, prepares Baker for his blood donation Feb. 24 at Central Emergency Services' blood drive. Coleman also works at the blood bank. According to event coordinators Don and Deborah Gibbs, 31 pints of blood were collected for the blood bank, which is experiencing statewide shortages of all types of blood. Anyone wishing to donate blood is welcome to call or drop in to the Soldotna office of the Blood Bank of Alaska on the Sterling Highway in the Blazy Mall. The phone number is 260-5672.
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