On Sunday, November 11th, Veterans Day, Saint Anselm Parish held its third blood drive of 2018. On this particular Veterans Day, more than 40 individuals came to Meletia Hall in Saint Anselm Catholic Academy to share the gift of life.
As the donors entered, members of the Saint Anselm Holy Name Society greeted them. Those who had donated in the past and who came with a New York Blood Center card swiped their cards and entered into the process of updating their “history”. Donors who had not come with their cards, or who were new to the donations process, needed a photo ID (Drivers License/ Student ID Card) to be assisted in logging into the process of entering their “history”.
Upon completion of the preliminary information, New York Blood Center staff reviewed the donors’ medical histories and blood sugar, blood pressure and iron levels were tested. Thirty-two donors were accepted. Three of the donors participated in the ALEX process, taking the additional time to provide for “multiple” products – a more time consuming – but very worthwhile – donation experience.
After completing the donation process the donors stopped off at the canteen table to munch on an assortment of treats – high in sugar and carb content – but under the circumstances, absolutely OK. As the donors left, members of the Holy Name Society thanked them for coming, for taking the time and making the effort to help share the gift of life.
Our thanks to the many donors, both from the parish and the community, who took part in the November Blood Drive, as well as to those who donated in our spring and summer drives, making Saint
Anselm among the top parishes in blood donation in the Diocese – and “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