Montini's Honor Society (NHS), under the guidance of moderators, Mrs. Sandy Deiber and Mr. Arthur Stuart, hosted a successful Blood Drive with Vitalant on Friday, February 28th. The group hosts the drive every school year as one of their many community service projects. NHS student volunteers were on hand to support donors and ensure a successful drive.
Vitalant exists to help people realize their life-transforming potential by offering convenient blood donation opportunities and sharing their expertise in transfusion medicine. Founded in 1943,Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations.
Weeks leading up to donation day, Montini Catholic NHS members conducted a sign-up drive and encouraged peers to donate blood. "Our goal was 50," said Mrs. Deiber. "I'm very proud of our students for stepping up to donate."
According to Vitalant, each year, nearly 5 million Americans need blood transfusions. Blood helps trauma and burn patients, premature infants, heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients and those fighting cancer, among others. In emergencies, it’s the blood already on the hospital shelves that saves lives. The need for blood can strike anyone at any time.
Photo above: Thanks, Vince Catalano!