The vaccine is here...but that doesn't mean the work is done.  Far from it.  If you've had COVID here's a great thing you may be interested in.  They're doing a blood drive this weekend.  This is going to help those who are struggling with the virus and give them a chance a quicker recovery.

For those of you who ride, you probably remember Father Arley Downie at the Annual ABATE of Iowa District 21 Bike Blessing in downtown Fulton.  He did that for an amazing 30 years before passing away in 2020r.

His daughter, Julie, is taking this horrible situation and making the best of it.  She's putting on another blood drive in her fathers honor.

The Father Arley Downie Memorial Blood Drive is this Saturday, January 30th from from 9:30 until 1 at the Triple play in Fulton. They will be accepting whole blood regular plasma and the convalescent plasma which is for the COVID. All of course is needed especially thru these trying times.

"I'm doing this in memory of my father and to all the other families that have lost loved ones to this pandemic. I was blessed to be able to receive the plasma and I'm hoping that I will be able to qualify as a donor". -Juls

To find out if you qualify, go to and schedule an appointment.

Appointments are required as are masks/face coverings.

To sign up contact Juls at 563-249-5681 or email

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