To the Editor:
We would like to express our appreciation to the Manhattan community for its support of the fourth annual “Keep the Drive Alive” blood drive, held Nov. 21-22 in memory of our son, Kevin Coffey. Thanks to the many local residents who literally rolled up their sleeves, 218 pints of blood were donated and the goal for the drive was exceeded. Since each pint of blood can save up to three individuals, these wonderful community members – your friends and neighbors – saved the lives of over 600 people by donating blood on a cold and icy day.
In addition to the local drive, a corresponding fourth annual “Keep the Drive Alive” was held the day before Thanksgiving at Temple University in Philadelphia, where Kevin had been a student. During these eight blood drives in Kevin’s memory in both Manhattan and Philadelphia, 1,251 pints of blood have been donated. What better way to honor one who has left us than by giving others the gift of life?
Our thanks go to all who supported the drive: those who came to donate blood; the American Red Cross Central Plains Region Blood Services; volunteers and friends who staffed the blood drive; the Manhattan Mercury and KMAN Radio for helping to get the word out; local companies that place blood drive information on their marquees, including Commerce Bank, Community First National Bank, GTM, Meade Lumber, The Eye Doctors, and Varney’s Book Store; the dozens of local merchants who regularly display blood drive information in their places of business; S&N Design for the beautiful “Keep the Drive Alive” design and Hawley Printing Service/Sir Speedy for printing informational pieces; and the local food sponsors who provided refreshments throughout the drive – Cox Bros. BBQ, Varsity Donuts, Pilot Club, Via Christi Health, and McDonald’s. Their support makes the difference between a good community and a great Manhattan, and it is very much appreciated.
To all who gave blood at “Keep the Drive Alive” or helped in any way, please know what a difference you made that day. We hope you will continue to make blood donation a part of your life.