SBHS students prepare for the annual Community Blood Drive. L-R Vera Escaja-Heiss, Helen Bujold, Sophie Bujold, Lizzie Cornett, Mara Senecal-Albrecht, Katherine Yang, and Tom Dustira (not pictured, Kiran Waqar)

7th Annual Community Blood Drive

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Thursday January 19, 2017

With the start of a new year comes the return of South Burlington’s Annual Community Blood Drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The drive is Tuesday, January 24, from noon to 6 p.m., at St. John Vianney’s Parish Center, 160 Hinesburg Road. The event is run by South Burlington High School (SBHS) students and led by committee chair Mara Senecal-Albrecht.

Senecal-Albrecht says, “The mission of the blood drive has always been to help provide blood for Vermont, but this year there is a shortage of available blood donations in Vermont and around the whole country, so it’s super important that we get everyone to help donate blood.”

Also on the SBHS blood drive committee are Vera Escaja-Heiss, Helen Bujold, Sophie Bujold, Kiran Waqar, Lizzie Cornett, Katherine Yang, and Tom Dustira, who have been working tirelessly to organize and plan the event to ensure its success. The team continues preparing for the drive as the date approaches and encourages as many people as possible to donate their blood for those in need. Senecal-Albrecht adds, “The blood drive helps not only people who need blood transfusions, but also cancer patients, who benefit a lot from blood donations and bone marrow donations.”

Any community member over the age of 16 is a potential blood donor. A person unable to give blood can show their support in other ways, such as making monetary donations or contacting family and friends that might be able to give blood.

The SBHS team notes that not only is the blood drive a great way for the South Burlington community to come together, it also will help save many lives.

For more information concerning the event or donating blood, visit the American Red Cross at

SOURCE: Frankie Karnedy, CDC Correspondent