Alaskans are lining up to donate blood

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2001

According to Rita Wydra, local manager of the Blood Bank of Alaska, they started coming in about 8:30am on the second day that will live in infamy for all Americans, September 11th.

"They kept coming in all day long and at the end of the day we had to ask some donors to come back tomorrow," said Wydra. Six staff people kept busy all day long working through normal break times and served some 75 donors on Tuesday alone.

On a normal day the local Blood Bank hardly averages 10 donors.


Due to the airport closures Carlisle trucking had to be called in to transport the blood to Anchorage before midnight for processing. "As long as people keep turning out we'll be here on site at our facility. We're asking everybody to come in and show they care by giving blood, but after the crisis calms down, we'll head out with our mobile units to gain more new donors," added Wydra.

The Blood Bank of Alaska opens at 9:00am daily Monday through Friday.

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