by Garrett McGowan
On Jan. 26th the American Red Cross came to the Damian Center at Mount Angel Seminary for a blood drive. The team stayed from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This was done with the help of the Peace and Social Justice Chairs of the seminary, Luis Fernando Trujillo and Joe Paddock. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood for those in need of it.
Mount Angel seminarians helped the Red Cross reach their goal for this donation. The Red Cross was hoping to get thirty-four units of blood. Seminarians and teachers helped them get forty-two units of blood, eight units over the goal.
This time around there were seven new donors. Mr. James Sisley, a member of the seminary faculty, was one of them. He realized that there is a great need for blood and decided to help. He said, “It’s my first time; I’m embarrassed to admit it.” Luis Fernando Trujillo is trying to get more people to donate. There will be another blood drive on April 12th. Everyone is encouraged to come.
The Red Cross was very grateful to those who donated. Luis Fernando described the blood drive as “giving life in a pint of your own blood.” The Peace and Social Justice Chairs are hoping that this will help people remember those that are in need of blood. For anyone who interested in donating blood, it is recommended they be attentive to the twenty-four hour board in Anselm Hall.
The Red Cross sent a letter to Luis Fernando expressing their gratitude to the seminary. In their letter to the seminary they wrote, “We are so grateful for those people who donated because despite all the advances in modern medicine, without life giving blood many people would not survive.”