On Sunday, March 3rd, St. Anselm held its first Blood Drive of 2019. The event, sponsored by the Holy Name Society, was the first of three drives (summer and autumn) the parish will be holding during the year. More than four-dozen potential donors, from the parish and the community, came to the Academy’s Meletia Hall to help the New York Blood Center meet the always-critical demand for blood.
Holy Name Society members greeted donors as they entered Meletia Hall, and helped them to begin the registration process at a set of dedicated laptops, which the NY Blood Center has been using here at St. Anselm since 2016. After updating their information on the laptops, donors proceeded to review their medical histories with Blood Center personnel, and have their temperature, blood pressure and iron levels tested.
St. Anselm’s Meletia Hall offers 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.
Upon completing the process, 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.
“Thank you” to the Holy Name Society members and volunteers: Anthony, Bob, Eileen, John, Michael, Peter, and Tom for staffing the reception table – greeting and thanking the donors; and to Monsignor Maloney for his support of the blood drives here at St. Anselm, and to the donors for having a “big heart”.
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