Members of Student Council cleverly matched donors’ contributions with pints of ice cream at the annual CJ Blood Drive, giving the event’s double entendre theme, Every Pint Counts, a rewarding twist.
In the long term, event organizer Angela Ruffolo, Student Council moderator and social studies teacher, knows the lasting impact of the annual drive’s results always proves to be much sweeter for the folks in need at the Community Blood Center. Each year, representatives from the nearby center team with CJ to provide a convenient way to give.
According to Ruffolo, this year’s drive bagged 77 pints—one of the largest hauls in recent memory—which amounts to enough blood to save up to 231 lives. The total school-wide donation took a combined effort from nearly 90 students, faculty, staff and community members who attempted to donate in CJ’s gym February 24.
“It’s special that we can do something that affects people’s lives so directly and helps people we don’t even know,” said senior Will McKelvey. A member of Spirit Committee, McKelvey volunteered to work the event and donated blood for the second consecutive year.
Other donors, like junior Courtney Phillips, felt compelled to participate for the first time despite the jitters that came with the new experience.
“My blood type is O-negative, so I can help everyone,” Phillips said, and added she would feel comfortable donating again in the future. “It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”
Garrett Thompson, an attendant from the Community Blood Center, said he enjoys assisting at school blood drives and encouraging young people to donate. He advises patrons of all ages to “eat well, increase you water intake, and get a good night’s sleep” before giving blood.
Those still interested in giving blood can schedule a time to donate with the Community Blood Center online at its Web site, www.cbccts.org. Donors must be 17 years or older (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent) and must have a photo I.D. The center is located one block East of CJ at 349 South Main Street.
View photos and a summary of the event on the Community Blood Center’s Facebook page here >
Thanks to everyone who supported this year's drive with food, snack and beverage donations including Ashley's Pastry Shop, Big Sky Bread, Dewey's Pizza, Domino's Pizza, GO Cupcakes, Pizza Factory, and Potbelly's.