Boy, 16, organizes bloodmobile visit SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

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August 20, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Ryan Sattley, 16, is not old enough to be a donor at Mount Airy's blood drive tomorrow, but the Linganore High School junior has devoted many hours so that others may "give the gift of life."

Ryan, of nearby Ijamsville, has organized the American Red Cross bloodmobile visit to the Mount Airy Ward of the Church of Latter-day Saints to fulfill the community service project as he works toward his Eagle Scout award.

Although Ryan is one year shy of the Red Cross minimum-age requirement for blood donors, he said he has heard many accounts of how donated blood has saved lives.

"I was just looking for a project to do," said Ryan. "It seemed to be the most beneficial to the community."

The blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cultural hall of the church, on Route 27 in Mount Airy. Doughnuts and juice will be provided to donors by the Red Cross, along with some extra treats selected by Ryan and his fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 266 of Damascus.

His duties in organizing the blood drive included getting volunteers to help and publicizing the event, Ryan said. He said he and other volunteers have been calling "pages and pages" of past Mount Airy area donors to encourage participation.

"The hardest part is that so many people have been out of town," said Ryan's mother, Marsha Swattley.

While a blood drive with about 40 donors is considered a success by the Red Cross, Mrs. Sattley said, they are hoping for many more donors. "Our goal is to have 80 people come out," she said.

The Scouts have arranged tentative appointments for nearly 60 people, and "there's still plenty of room," said Mrs. Sattley. "The times they are most full are at 8 and 10 [a.m.]. The rest of the day is scattered."

For appointment information, call the Sattleys at (301) 865-3431 today.

Walk-in donors are welcome and will help to make the blood drive a success.

The Red Cross' Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region, which is the third-largest in the United States, had blood supplies below the three-day level for O-negative and B-negative, said Lenore C. Uddyback, a public relations associate, said this week.

The Red Cross prefers to maintain three-day levels in each blood type to ensure adequate supplies for area hospitals, Ms. Uddyback said. Area residents who are in good health, 17 years or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds may give blood. An individual may donate blood every 56 days.

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As the high water of the raging Mississippi River recedes in Winfield, Mo., the need for the local Winfield Flood Relief Effort has intensified.

"The water's down, but some of them have lost everything," reported Wanda Legore, who called her contact in the small Missouri town Monday.

Mrs. Legore, the Winfield, Md., resident who organized the flood relief campaign for Winfield, Mo., said donations of cleaning supplies, canned goods and personal care items have been steady.

"I've had some of everything come in," said Mrs. Legore.

Donations from area residents concerned by the plight of the Missouri flood victims have been re-boxed by Mrs. Legore to make them more compact for transporting. She estimated Tuesday that she had a "good pick-up load."

The Winfield Fire Department at 1320 West Old Liberty Road is the drop-off point for donations that can been made through Aug. 29. Mrs. Legore said that she has been contacted by several people willing to transport the donations to Missouri.

"I've had vehicles offered -- everything from pick-up trucks to tractor trailers," she said.

The volume of donations will decide the size of the truck needed for the trip. She stressed that clothing and furniture is not needed because of the extreme lack of storage space.

For information, call Mrs. Legore at (410) 795-4640.

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Here are two notes of special interest to senior citizens living in the Mount Airy area:

"Living Wills and Trusts" will be the topic of discussion when guest speaker Betty Bates visits the Mount Airy Senior Center next Friday. Ms. Bates will speak at 12:30 p.m. and answer questions from the audience. The program is free and open to all seniors in the community. No registration is required.

Woodworking classes are beginning at the Mount Airy Senior Center every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The instructor is Wendall Rothgeb. Participants are charged a $1 fee per class, which includes the use of a saw and other supplies. For information, call Debbie Schleich at (301) 829-2407 or (410) 795-1017.

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