Saint Anselm Parish, for the third year, held a summer Blood Drive – and thanks, in part, to the generous Mets offer of two free tickets for donors – arranged by the New York Blood Center – hit one out of the park! More than 60 donors came to take part, making this the most successful blood drive at St. Anselm since 2006.
After preliminary medical histories were reviewed and blood sugar, blood pressure and iron levels were tested, fifty-four donors were accepted. Four donors participated in the ALEX process, taking the additional time to provide for “multiple” products. The space offered by Meletia Hall makes St. Anselm an ideal location for this more extensive and time consuming – but very worthwhile – donation experience.
Members of the St. Anselm Holy Name Society, which sponsored the event, greeted donors as they entered and helped individuals who came without a NY Blood Center donor card to get started in the process of registering. Potential donors must present a NY Blood Center card or a recognized photo ID – such as a current driver’s license or college ID.
Upon completion of the blood donation, donors rested up and recharged at the canteen table on fruit juices and snacks (popcorn crisps seem to be gaining in popularity), before being thanked again by Society members as they left.
Our thanks to the many donors, whose generous commitment to helping to save lives, made the July 29th Blood Drive successful and worthwhile, to the Mets organization and the New York Blood Center, and to the members of the Holy Name Society who hosted the event. And, (a special “Thank You”) to Monsignor Maloney for his support of the St. Anselm Blood Drives.
For information about donating blood and about future blood drives in our area contact the New York Blood Center:
The New York Blood Center
All the best,
The St. Anselm Publicity Committee