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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE UTHBR1DGE HERALD Wodnciday, September 6, 197S Giving the gift life has its rewards Jly RUDY HAUGENEDEB llcralil Statt Writer Cabarets, beer parlors, laun- dromats. They're all famous as meeting grounds nnd places to develop friendships. But they have a common fault one needs money. Now, out of the blue, I've dis- covered a new place where all (ho cool hair and long, businessmen, retired and students meet and all hove a common goal "concern for fellow human beings." And it doesn't cost money. No, the Red Cross Blood Clinic is free so are the coffee, do- nuts, pop, and other tasty de- lights. It all started simply enough. An assignment to donate blood and do a first person story. "Hey Hudy. Come here. Have you ever donated asks the editor. The reply: "Nope." Editor: sharp. Tonight. At the Civic Sports Centre, Gym 1. And make it Apprehension big needle, punctures, and a bunch of do- gooding squares. How WTong can one get. FIRST THING At p.m. I'm in Gym 1. Being newspaper man I was privileged. I didn't have lo wait in line for a few minutes like everyone else. The first thing that happened normally would is a prospective donor is given a number, offered a soft drink and asked to fill In a piece of paper with: name, address, phone number, year of birth and employer. A quick look around and Ihe apprehensive first-time donor is greeted by smiling faces ami many people who call you by your first name. Generally, my friends are the lype with longer hair and 1 was surprised to note a large number of them were there. FAR OUT "Far was my first re- action and my wife auto- matically went over to talk to [hem. She couldn't donate be- cause she's well along the road to delivering our first child. Noticed a lot of others there loo. People I would generally classify as the type I don't par- ticularly want as friends. I smiled. They all smiled back. No age, sex or dress barriers at all. Just people. A lady gives me a card with all the information I have pro- vided a minute before P neatly typed card. Then into the next line. Ev- eryone had agreed to let me up front because the photographer wanted to take pictures and get back to develop them. 251 pints donated The first day of the Red Cross blood donor clinic was "one of the lower" donation days the clinic has held, according to clinic secretary Eleanor Holroyd. A total of 251 pints of blood was donated towards the objec tive of 900 pints. People under 10 years of age who wish to donate blood must have the written consent of a parent or guardian. STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phona 327-3024 A smiling middle-aged wom- an a lirst-time volunteer, she said swabs niy finger. Gad. She's going lo stab it. Blink. It's done. No pain. That was one of the first fears overcome. It's all psychologi- cal. No pain 99.9 per cent chick- en, I thought ashamedly. After a brief test tube and jlood spot experiment I'm given a Type A slicker. All it took was a couple of drops of blood. No pain whatsoever in- volved. Next line. Again the special treatment as a typist records the necessary details on a mas- ter sheet. That's the final slage of reg- istration before actually donat- ing (lie pint. Some people forget to register and it usually ends up costing that pint because ev- erything has to be done systematically out of necessity. A 30-second delay and I'm asked what arm I'm willing to donate blood from. SCENERY Hmmm. She's not bad look- ing. Nor are a lot of others here. I notice people chatting freely with each other. Ah. Over there. Bctcha it's a budding romance. Over there- one that's been going on for years. Down on the table I lie. Some rubbery type of mate- rial is tightened without pain on the left arm. Then the lady begins to cleanse my arm with alcohol. Another puts a white gauze- like material on it and another attractive an gently slips the needle into my arm. The needle and attached tube are attached to a pint-size plastic bag wlu'ch is immediately re- frigerated when filled. No pain. It takes about five to seven minutes. Brother. I should have done this before. I've used other peo- ples' blood before but too chick- en to give. The psychological pain: BO other. JOKING Throughout there's a nice round of chatter and small jokes. The photographer naturally cracks some jokes. He, like my wife, can't con- tribute because of a childhood sickness. But both want to. I understand that during any given year the Red Cross, who conduct the blood clinics, lose about 20 per cent of their do- nors for various reasons. Evi- dently making tip this loss is very difficult. The main reason being lhat there are a lot more chickens like myself in the world. "Afraid." A quick look around and I see about five or six others I know giving blood at the same time as I. They were all afraid at one time. But now they know better. After the blood bag is filled I am escorted to a cot to rest on for 10 minutes. Veterans only lie down for eight minutes. During this time there Is plenty of chatter with old asso- OLYMPIAN Carl Fra- G6, ol 806 18th St. N. is a 75 pint unhailcd blood do- nor who has contributed the precious life-giving. fluid to- wards Uie continued long life of many Albertans. Anil true to Olympian style the Red Cross presented him with a scroll commemorating his achievement at a ceremony Tuesday. ciales and a bunch of friendly new people. NOT BAD Heck. If this were four years back wild animals couldn't keep me from this place. Incidentally. For the girb: there's a lot ol good looking young men. For others it serves as a happy meeting ground and a place to line up get-togethers in the future. After the rest it's over to a table where the good lookers serve coffee, pop or hot choco- late in addition to pastries. More chatter and first names exchanged. Now for some facts. The av- erage six-foot one-inch person has about 15 pints of blood in him. Open heart surgery re- quires about six pints. Most surgery requires considerably less. If I come here twice a year for the next 15 years the blood I'll donate is equal to two big people and a lot of life-saving surgery. LIFE SAVER Who knows? The life I save could be the life of the donor, whose Wood my yet-lo-be-born son or daughter may need to live in the future. It's the cheapest insurance I've ever contemplated or got- ten. During the entire time there my mind dwelled off and on the number of people I'm going lo help and those I could have helped. I was also most grateful to the people whose blood I've al- ready used. Being somewhat of a peace- nik, this type of thing turns me on, "now." Boy. No p a i n. My ideology has been lacking in the past. VOLUNTEERS As a post script. The Red Cross needs more volunteer workers ladies organizations do the numerous jobs to be done during blood clinics. Today's blood clinic times: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Civic Sports Cen- tre. Thursday: a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Peace. 'Gee, this isn't so bad after all' Knife threat plus alcohol spells trouble Drinking alcoholic beverages and threatening a girl with a knife is not the adult way to act, was the advice given to a local youth in provincial judge's court. Judge L. W. Hudson caution- ed Tyler Cook, 1G, of 2639 22nd Ave, S., that growing up has its responsibilities as well as its freedoms and then placed the youth on six month's sus- pended sentence after he plead- ed guilty to common assault on a former girlfriend, also 16. Police information indicated Cook had visited the former girlfriend while she was baby- sitting, said he was jealous of her new boyfriend, a fight en- sued and Cook took a knife from a kitchen drawer and seemed to threaten the girl with it. He later dropped the knife, sat down, talked with her for a while and finally left. The girl told the police Cook had been drinking at the time of the Incident. Before he left the court, Cool: was warned by the judge that he had betler mend his ways and show some signs of matur- ity if he wants to stay out of trouble. The Canadian Family Store Ihe Canadian Family S FIELDS 318 6th Street South, Phone 328-6566 GOES BACK TO At All Stores While Quantities Last! Sale: Thurs., Fri., Sept. 7-8-9th LADIES7 WEAR ACRYLIC CARDIGANS Washable fancy knit styles in white, navy, pink, blue. S.M.L. Reg. to 5.99 WINNER OF FIELDS' BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING SPREE IS 73 YEAR OLD GINA MILVAIN OF LUNDBRECK, ALTA. CONGRATULATIONS GINA! 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