Hundreds join the bonds of blood
Sue Turner of Londonderry flags in the next donor at the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Red Cross phlebotomist Christal Tremblay of Manchester takes a donation from Joshua Barton of Manchester at the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive in Manchester on Tuesday.DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
Paul Bergeron of Nashua and the American Red Cross directs traffic at the Gail Singer Memorial Blood Drive in Manchester on Tuesday. DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER
"The turnout has been spectacular," Chairman Stephen Singer said Tuesday about three hours into the drive. "In reality, it's probably exceeding my high expectations."
The drive has grown year by year, leading to a world record in 2012 when the Singer family organized a one-day push that brought in 1,959 pints. The drive returned to its usual two-day format last year and more than 1,700 donors contributed. Each pint can potentially help as many as three different patients when the blood is broken down into red cells, platelets and plasma, "It's excellent to be able to get all these people out to help other people," said Corinne Hennessey, a 25-year-old from Manchester who came with her fiancé. "It's good to have something like this to bring people together."
Robert Castellano Jr. drove up from Nashua to donate for the seventh time. Castellano said he lost his father, Bob, to leukemia last fall, so this year's drive was more personal than the years before.
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