By Jim Lambert
The main foyer at Union Catholic was transformed into a makeshift medical center on Monday when the school hosted its annual Christmas Blood Drive.
Students, staff, parents, alumni and members of the UC Community all took part in this great cause, which was held in conjunction with the New York Blood Center.
It was the first of two Blood Drives that will be hosted by Union Catholic this school year. The other Blood Drive is scheduled for March 26.
UC seniors who donated blood are eligible to wear a red cord at graduation in May.
“We get a lot of great support from the whole UC Community for the Blood Drive as alumni, students, parents, and faculty all come together,’’ said Mr. Ed Thornton, the Blood Drive moderator. “It’s part of the whole idea of Social Justice and giving back, and everyone in the UC Community jumps on board to help out."
Union Catholic seniors Bobby McGuinness and Lauren Power donated blood for the first time.
“The main message at Christmas is to give, and that’s what we’re doing here at Union Catholic,’’ said McGuinness, UC’s Student Council President. “It’s great to see so many students along with teachers, and community members all coming together for a great cause. To take a little time out of my day to change the lives of others is a very rewarding and gratifying experience. I’d definitely do it again.’’
Power said she’s always wanted to donate blood.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,’’ said Power, UC’s Student Council Vice President. “It’s a great way to give back. I think we take it for granted that we are healthy, and there are people out there who are in need of blood. It’s a great feeling to be able to help those in need. I really love how we do this blood drive at Christmastime because it’s the season of giving.’’