During the July monthly New Richmond City Wellness Committee meeting the subject of the need for blood by the St. Croix Valley Red Cross Chapter was discussed.
During the summer months the need for blood became more acute due to traffic, including motorcycle, crash injuries, water craft accidents and cancer treatments as well as planned surgeries. The problem is compounded by many of the regular donors being out of town on vacations during scheduled draws.
With these facts in mind the committee decided to embark on a blood draw involving city employees. The idea was presented to City Administrator Mike Darrow, who approved the plan and the Bloodmobile "wheels" began to turn.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Dennis Holtz chaired the project and contacted Cory Miller, area blood project coordinator, who suggested that the committee start with a mini-mobile which has a staff of three and a goal of 18 pints.
Diane Thielke from the New Richmond Utilities Department handled the scheduling of city donors every 15 minutes but distributed this among all departments so that regular department work projects would not be affected during the day.
The Red Cross set up its equipment in the city Emergency Operations Center on Aug. 8. There were 19 productive pints obtained that day and the city reached its goal of 18 pints.