Every two to three seconds, someone in this country needs blood and the types most often in need are O-negative and O-positive.

Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood, but it is the universal blood type meaning that anyone can receive it. In emergency or trauma situations, when there is no time to cross-match the donor’s blood with the patient’s, O-negative blood is the type most often used.

Thirty-seven percent of the population has O-positive and is the next commonly transfused blood type because of its high compatibility with other types. Having a strong supply of O-negative and O-positive blood is critical to meeting patient needs.

The necessity for Type O blood donors to give regularly is essential to getting the right blood products to area patients and why anyone who has never given blood before is encouraged to try. The next opportunity to donate blood will be August 23 at Woonsocket Community Center from 12:15-6 p.m. Contact Carrie Howard at 770-8997 to make an appointment or call United Blood Services at 1-800-917-4929 for more information.

To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available online) and be in good health.

Armando Rodriguez hands over the equipment donated by the City of Woonsocket and community members to Craig Severtson, Founder of the Helping Kids Round First organization.

Last Thursday night, Armando Rodriguez, summer rec coach, went to the baseball diamond in Woonsocket to collect used baseball and softball equipment. He had put a notice on Facebook that he was collecting used equipment for an organization that donates used baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged kids. The organization is called Helping Kids Round First. 

The City of Woonsocket had some gear that was no longer usable for their programs or no longer needed. Along with the other donations from people who had old or unused equipment laying around their homes, the donation given to the program by Coach Armando Rodriguez, representing the City of Woonsocket, on Friday evening was quite substantial. Armando played baseball for the Alexandria Angels amateur baseball team and his team played Flandreau in the State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Friday night.

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Those summer rec baseball and softball team members who earned awards this year and attended the end-of-the-year party are, back row, left to right: Coach Armando Rodriguez, Erica Howard, Lizzy Boschee, Jeslynn Moody and Assistant Coach Trey Weber; front row: Rylan Grassel, McCoy Schulz, Tyson Kokesh, Trinity Boschee, Dylan Klich, Tristan Jensen and Kailynn Eggleston.

The Woonsocket Summer Rec program came to an end on Wednesday, August 1 with their annual end-of-the-year party and awards night. They had a cookout and open swimming at the city pool to celebrate their successful seasons this year.

Coach Rodriguez and his assistant, Trey Weber, presented awards to the deserving members of the softball and baseball teams this year. For the Rookies baseball team, Tyson Kokesh was awarded most valuable player (MVP). For the minors baseball team, Rylan Grassel was awarded most improved, and MVP went to McCoy Schulz. For the majors team, Lane Burkel earned the title of the most improved, and Dylan Klich received the MVP trophy.

On the softball side of things, Lizzy Boschee earned the title of MVP for the U10 team. Jeslynn Moody was awarded most improved and Tristan Jensen earned the MVP trophy for the U12 team. For the U14 girls, the most improved award went to Dilyn Brooks and the MVP award went to Trinity Boschee. Kaylee White was awarded MVP for the U16/18 team, and Erica Howard earned the Greg “Ace” Uken award.

The summer rec program is funded by the City of Woonsocket and is coordinated by Tara Weber, City Finance Officer.  

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