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25th Drive Coming Up For Dynamic Red Cross Duo

Posted 1/8/2014

By Jackie Nelson

Janet Zook and RuthAnn Toews have a lust for blood.

On Jan. 16, the pair will coordinate their 25th blood drive at Hesston Mennonite Church on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Four years ago, the previous coordinators, Clif and Lois Amstutz, knew they were ready to make a transition.

“The Amstutzes knew they needed to retire.  And for a couple years, they wanted someone to replace them,” said Toews.

As an experienced coordinator, the Amstutzs contacted Toews.

“I said I wouldn’t do it alone.  I had done it when my boys were little.  I went through the church directory, and there was Janet.  We didn’t even know each other,” said Toews.

When Zook and Toews began working together, they found a strong foundation in the Amstutzs’ work.

“Clif Amstutz had really good organizational skills. We got information on where to deliver posters and a lot of other helpful hints. It was a good foundation for us to start on,” said Zook. 

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