Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns ‘n Hoses Blood Drive Sets New Record For Second Straight Year

(KCCR) — The 15th Annual Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns n Hoses Blood Drive set a new record for donations for the second straight year. Residents came out in force Wednesday after a slow morning start for the Hoses to take back the traveling trophy from the Guns 229 to 180. The Hoses are happy…

“Our backs are hurtin’ from carrying these cops all around so,  you know, it’s a good victory, it was a solid victory, but we thank everybody for coming out and having a joyful time and just full of that sweet, sweet taste of victory.”
The Guns may have given up the brass, but they know who the real winners are…

“Hopefully we can bring it back home next year.  I mean, yeah, they won, but the real winners are the patients that the blood is going to.  That’s the whole thing about this is just making sure we can give to the patients that are in need especially this time of year.”
Abbie Arneson with Vitalant Blood Services is thrill with the results of the three-day event…

“Great…off the charts…phenomenal and it started so slow this morning, but thankfully people kept posting it and it was on the radio and people came in.  We ended up with a three-day total of 424 units of blood and…it’s…it brings me to tears, it’s just amazing!”
The blood drive set a record for donations last year at 420 units. This year surpassed it by four with 424. The turnout was lower than expected Monday and slow to start Wednesday, yet the record was still broken. Arneson says the Pierre/Fort Pierre area is special when it comes to the blood drive…

“There is something really special about this blood drive.  Even our staff, that they do next week; all of them will be in Aberdeen for their battle blood drive and all of them said…This is completely different…and you have all of our first responders that are; I have a committee made up of all of our first responders and everybody’s represented and they do so much work and you have Tyler’s memory and people that never, like me, never, ever knew Tyler; they’re coming out and they hear his story and it’s amazing people and donors; blood donors and businesses that give all this stuff away.  It’s just incredible.”
With Wednesday’s total the Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns n Hoses Blood Drive has collected 2883 units of blood with the capability of saving over 86-hundred lives.