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St. Mary of Huntley Knights' blood drive a success

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  • Sir Knight Phil Riccio (standing) assists Knight Keith Larsen as he registers to donate blood.

    Sir Knight Phil Riccio (standing) assists Knight Keith Larsen as he registers to donate blood.
    Frank Rzeszutko

Frank Rzeszutko

On Saturday, Aug. 10, 71 units of blood were donated at the quarterly blood drive sponsored by the St. Mary of Huntley Knights of Columbus Council 11666, in cooperation with LifeSource, Chicagoland's Blood Center and the generous participation by parishioners of St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley and other local residents.

As an expression of appreciation for donating, each donor received a $5 Walmart gift card, of which 30 donated to St. Mary's Catholic Church's St. Vincent DePaul Society to help local residents in need.

Also, the snacks not consumed at the blood drive were donated to Lazarus House in St. Charles and the Tri-Com Central Dispatch Center in Geneva.

The next blood drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley. Additional information can be obtained by calling (630) 584-1458.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with nearly 1.7 million members in over 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $167 million in charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.

The LifeSource Mission is to provide best in class blood products and clinical services to meet the needs of the healthcare community, patients and our donors through advanced transfusion medicine practices. The Vision of LifeSource is to be the premier provider of blood transfusion practices by delivering innovative industry leading services, operating efficiencies, donor satisfaction and improved patient care resulting in the achievement of our Mission.

LifeSource makes it easy and convenient to donate; operating donor centers located throughout the Chicagoland area and averages 10 daily mobile blood drives around the area. For more information contact LifeSource at (877) 543-3768 or at