Thanks to excellent community support, the coordinator of the recent third annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses Blood Drive says it went well, unless, that is, you happen to be a local firefighter, who were not able to make it a “three-peet.”
Event Organizer Bonnie Bonzingo says the police won, by two votes (or donations, if you will). Monzingo says a total of 27 units, which could possibly save 81 lives. And while she is truly thankful for that, she admits that not only was this Guns ‘N’ Hoses NOT the best of the three drives, we seem to be going in the wrong direction. She recalls that the first year they had 36 units and last year is was around 32.
And besides being the start of the summer when the need for blood goes up just as lots of folks become otherwise occupied, Monzingo says problems with the air conditioning in the Fellowship Hall of Navasota’s 1st United Methodist Church added another unexpected wrinkle.
Monzingo reports their system has been “bandaid-ed” and they couldn’t get the room as cool as they wanted, but it was nothing they couldn’t overcome by buying some fans to get by. She also wants to thank the local businesses whose generous donations underwrote the cost of the t-shirts and door prizes.
The next Navasota Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for August 8th, she adds, possibly in the same venue, providing they can get their air conditioning fixed. We’ll let you know.