The Medfield Lions Club and the Red Cross hosted a blood drive at American Legion Beckwith Post 110 on Tuesday.
While the nurses from the Red Cross said they expected a turnout of about 45 donors, 59 people showed up to give blood.
“I think we had a fantastic turnout,” Lions Club chairman Tom Sweeney said. “The Red Cross could have used one more nurse, but everybody did a great job.”
Of the 59 people that showed up, 34 scheduled an appointment ahead of time, while 25 were walk-ins.
Medfield resident Helen Williams used to work at Mass. General Hospital, and said she used to give blood a lot while she worked there, but she had not donated in awhile.
“Then I retired," said Williams. "The last time I gave blood was two years ago.”
Williams said she saw the value of giving blood, and related it to the shooting in Arizona, where congresswoman Gabriella Gifford was shot.
“When you think about that terrible accident in Arizona, think about how much blood they need,” Williams said.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Rick Abecunas said he tries to give blood a couple of times a year and he also saw giving blood as an important thing to do.
“I try to give blood locally,” Abecunas said. “I work in medicine so I see the value of having blood when you need it.”
He said he doesn’t mind giving blood because it is good to give back and he doesn’t feel any poor effects. Not all donors, however, are as fortunate.
Medfield High School junior, Kelsey Sipple gave blood for the second time in her life, and she felt numerous side effects.
“I was nauseous right after and my hand felt tingly,” said Sipple.
Sipple said this experience was worse than her first time, but she said it didn’t go smoothly that time either.
“The first time I almost passed out so that was scary,” Sipple said.
Medfield resident Brian Driscoll asked the simple question of why not donate during a blood drive?
"It is nice to give back because they need it," Driscoll said. "If you are able to give, why not give?"
Donors received a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee for giving blood. The number of donors exceeded the number of certificates so two donors will have to mail in for their coffee certificate.
The Lions Club holds a blood drive every January. There are three blood drives held in the American Legion building each year.