Dakota Gas employees give the gift of life


Apple O’Quinn, Basin Electric employee at Dakota Gas, is a regular donor as she knows the importance of giving blood to save lives.

To help alleviate the current blood supply deficit, Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, held a blood drive at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah, North Dakota, on April 20.

According to Vitalant, the need is great, and Synfuels Plant employees stepped up to the task. With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, blood donations have been sparse. Vitalant says daily personal emergencies and ongoing medical needs of thousands of patients require a constant and ready blood supply. It’s the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives.

Vitalant representatives were able to collect 22 units of red blood cells from 22 procedures. “Twenty-two donors with the ability to save 66 lives is a very good day,” says Camille Jones from Vitalant. “We really appreciate all of your help and commitment to providing lifesaving units to our hospitals.”

Donors participated in whole-blood procedures making them eligible in 56 days to donate again. Vitalant hopes to hold another blood drive at the Synfuels Plant in August.

Apple O’Quinn, Basin Electric medical services administrative assistant, is a regular donor. Why does she take the time to donate? “My sweet brother-in-law had leukemia and I watched him go twice a week for blood to keep him alive,” O’Quinn says. “I knew if it were not for people willing to donate blood we would have lost him much sooner than we did. We had more time for memories because of generous people who took the time to give life! So from that time forward I told myself I would never miss an opportunity to donate for those who need blood to live!”

Vitalant will return to the Synfuels Plant in August for another blood drive.


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