Keegan Smallwood, 3, receives blood transfusions for treatment of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.(Photo courtesy Red Cross of the Heartland)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Donors helped the Red Cross not only meet its goal for the annual Gift of Life blood drive, they topped the goal by 25 percent.
The 14th annual drive held at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center was a joint effort by sister station B-104 and the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors.
The Red Cross collected a record 130 units of blood, which was 26 more than the goal.
Red Cross of the Heartland Blood Services Director Steve Stoewer said people were especially generous this year.
"I don't know if people are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, things are turning around little bit as far as the economy. Everybody just wanted to help," Stoewer said.
Stoewer said blood supplies are adequate for now, but noted that they must always be prepared.
"I think we are doing well, but we are always one big user away from being in trouble again," Stoewer said.
Eric Stock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth Whisman contributed to this report.