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File #: RES 22-970    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/22/2022
Title: Recognizing the individual skill and initiative of five downtown residents to fight Minnesota's pandemic-triggered blood shortage by creating twenty-five monthly Skyway Blood Drives in support of the American Red Cross.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
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Recognizing the individual skill and initiative of five downtown residents to fight Minnesota's pandemic-triggered blood shortage by creating twenty-five monthly Skyway Blood Drives in support of the American Red Cross.

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WHEREAS downtown Saint Paul is a rapidly growing neighborhood of 10,000 residents; and

WHEREAS many of these downtown residents have the professional skills, available time, and personal commitment to help build the downtown neighborhood; and

WHEREAS the Red Cross lost hundreds of blood drives across the Twin Cities during the pandemic, when businesses, schools, and churches closed; and

WHEREAS in downtown Saint Paul, in particular, several regular corporate blood drives also closed; and

WHEREAS the Red Cross announced the worst blood shortage in a decade this past winter, posing a risk to patient care; and

WHEREAS when one resident, Bill Hanley, learned of the blood shortage, he reached out to Red Cross with a way to help, by engaging in a monthly blood drive in downtown Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS in March 2020, when the urgency of the need became clear, Bill reached out to Kerry Cipra, former Red Cross manager in Northfield, and Lee Ann LaBore, long-time chair of the volunteer-heavy Friends of Mears Park; and

WHEREAS Kerry worked hard to guide the effort and how it might best interface with downtown residents, and Lee Ann LaBore, helped lead a group of essential Drive volunteers, checking-in donors and recruiting other downtowners to help; and

WHEREAS this team of downtown residents, including Lori Hanley and Sandra Smith, brought their former professional skills as medical and management professionals to the recruitment and management of the work of about a dozen downtown residents; and

WHEREAS this group of downtown residents hosted their first monthly blood drive on April 9, 2020; and

WHEREAS Union Depot leadership and staff supported this effort through assuring the advance availability of staff and space including t...

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