SB Rebels with a Dream blood drive team members are organized and getting to work. Back Row, L- R: David Carmichael, Taran Rattu, Keegan O’Hara, Devin Hebert, Molly Burke, Brenna Deavitt, Maddie Weaver-Nolting, Nancy LaVarnway. Front Row, L - R: Xixi Halvorson-Phelan, Hina Rattu, Neerja Patel and Mara Senecal-Albrecht

5th Annual Best EVER Community Blood Drive

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Tuesday December 23, 2014

Rebels with a Dream is announcing South Burlington’s 5th Annual Best EVER Community Blood Drive coming early in the new year. Students of South Burlington High School (SBHS) lead and organize this community event in alliance with the American Red Cross. Student chair and SBHS senior Neerja Patel is leading the blood drive organizing this year. The fifth annual drive will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from noon to 6 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish Center at 160 Hinesburg Road in South Burlington. On this day, professionals will carefully draw blood from donors. The donating process takes about 8-10 minutes, leaving the donor time to spend interacting with community members and student volunteers! Donors are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more.

This blood drive will certainly be similar to previous drives, however, it is also embarking on many firsts. To start, the St. John Vianney Parish Center will be decorated in a summer Olympics theme. To make the process even more exciting, there will be a brief glimpse of summer at the Parish Center. There will be melodious music in the background, provided by a local radio station! In addition, the event will supply all donors with prizes and coupons from car services to movie theatres (Anyone up for a trip to the cinema?) to sweet treats! When you attend the blood drive, not only will you find yourself in paradise, listening to heavenly tunes, but you’ll also be immersing yourself in the excitement and sense of triumph one may encounter at a highly celebrated event! This is a golden opportunity—you’ll be glad you came!

With all of this said, it is important to highlight the main reasons for participating in a blood drive. Donating blood gives you a feeling of good will and a sense of accomplishment. Most importantly, you save lives. In fact, one pint of blood (that’s your donation!) can save up to three lives. All the blood donated on this day will go to the South Burlington blood bank, which will benefit our community members. A strong sense of community is crucial for the welfare of both society and individuals. A community is the support system that holds together a city or a town. In order for this blood drive, or any event, to be successful, it is crucial for community members to come together and increase our strength by lending a hand. So the final question is, will we see you on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the St. John Vianney Parish Center?

If you’re interested in donating or want to help spread the word, contact Neerja Patel, Rebels with a Dream Student Chair at Walk-in donors are gladly accepted! However, if you prefer a specific time, sign up at OR call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

SOURCE: Hina Rattu, SBHS CDC Correspondent