The Arizona Wing shattered its goal of collecting 750 blood units during the COVID-19 pandemic and promptly set a new goal — 1,000 units by Thanksgiving — in hosting dual blood drives on one of the nation’s most patriotic days.
Arizona Wing squadrons began blood drives after COVID-19 restrictions prevented the Red Cross from using the usual sites for collecting blood.
Hosting the Operation Pulse Lift blood drives Sept. 11 were the 388th Composite Squadron, with 24 units collected, and the Cochise Composite Squadron, with 34 units donated. By day’s end, the total collected units since the mission began stood at 792. That surpassed the wing’s goal of reaching 750 by Nov. 1.
Colin Williams (pictured above with Capt. Klara Olcott, commander of the 388th Composite), regional communications officer for the American Red Cross Arizona-New Mexico Region, quickly turned his sights toward the Arizona Wing's next achievement. “See you at the statewide celebration when we hit 1,000!” he exclaimed.