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Donating Blood, Serving Others
Rachelle Garbarine

Every winter for the last 20 plus years the Cardinal Gibbons student council has sponsored a blood drive for the school community. This tradition of service continued today.

The goal of the annual blood drive is for members of the school community to become conors for life.

That’s when some 40 members of the council were on hand to help encourage students, educators, and administrators alike “to become donors for life.” That was the theme of this year’s drive as well as earlier ones. Additionally, service to others is a cornerstone of our school’s mission.

 “We would love nothing less than to meet alumni 20 years from now who say that they give every year, and they learned this at Gibbons from their peers and educators,” Assistant Principal of Student Engagement Michael Rogosich ’90 said.  “We want to make donors for life.”

Throughout the Friday, January 25th drive Gibbons students volunteered their time and worked in partnership with members of the local Blood Connection who were on hand, for the third year in a row, to draw blood from willing donors. This year. 120 Gibbons students and educators responded to the call to donate blood.

So, what did student organizers hope members of the school community gained from the blood drive? Ryan Rabil '19 and Chase Winstead ’20, the student council members heading the 2019 drive, both pointed to instilling a desire to be lifelong donors as the goal.

Annual Blood Drive, sponsored by student council.

“Ultimately, Ryan said, “the hope is that donating blood will become something members of our community will love to do and find comfort in.” The added hope, he stressed “… is that they truly feel they are being a hero for someone else because they truly are saving lives. That’s honestly what they are doing.”

Chase added: “The hope is to reach as many Gibbons students as possible … but making students into donors for life remains our number one priority.”

 

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