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UC students, alumni, staff and members of the community participate in Blood Drive

By Jim Lambert
The main foyer at Union Catholic was converted into a makeshift medical center on Wednesday when the school hosted its annual Spring Blood Drive.
Students, staff, parents, alumni and members of the community all took part in this great cause, which was held in conjunction with the Atlantic Health Systems.  
There are scholarship opportunities for students who donate blood, and UC seniors who donate are eligible to wear a red cord at graduation in May.
This was the second and final Blood Drive of the school year hosted by Union Catholic.
“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 for a great cause,’’ said Mr. Ed Thornton, the Blood Drive moderator. "And by working with Atlantic Health Systems, the blood that’s donated today will go right to the hospitals at Morristown and Overlook, and it’s used right away for those in need.’’
Mr. Mike Conte, a member of Union Catholic's School Counseling Department, was one of the first ones to donate blood.  
“I love how easy and convenient it is to give blood here at our school,’’ said Mr. Conte. “I’m really happy to give blood because I know there is always a shortage and a need for it. And it’s another way for us as a community at Union Catholic to show respect for the dignity of all people and help out. Anytime we can give back is always a good thing, so I’m really happy about being able to donate blood.’’   
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