On Sunday, March 19, 2017 the St. Anselm Holy Name Society sponsored its first Blood Drive of 2017. The drive, which benefited the New York Blood Center, drew dozens of donors from the parish and the community.
Holy Name Society members greeted donors as they entered Meletia Hall, in St. Anselm Catholic Academy, and helped them to begin the registration process at a set of dedicated laptops. This was our third drive with registration by laptops (no more paper forms).
For donors who had a current blood donor card with a bar code, the process of getting started was simple: scan the card, confirm your ID, and begin updating your history since your last donation. For donors, who either did not bring their donor card or those who did not have one, an individual from the blood center provided assistance in getting started.
Then, with a representative of the New York Blood Center, donors reviewed their medical histories and had their sugar and iron levels checked before actually making a blood donation. Meletia Hall is an ideal location for donations as it provides ample space for those wishing to make an ALEX donation, which permits the separating of the blood into multiple products. After making their donation donors spent some time at the canteen table, stocking up on carbs and bringing their sugar and blood pressure levels back up. As donors left, members of the Holy Name Society thanked them for coming.
To learn more about donating blood and to find an upcoming blood drive near you, reach out to the New York Blood Center and give the gift of life.
The New York Blood Center
All the best,
The St. Anselm Publicity Committee