By Christopher Poz, Profiles/Features Editor
The first blood drive of the 2018-2019 school year took place on December 5, 2018, in the gym and the Cedars-Sinai mobile blood center parked adjacent to the Eagle’s Nest. There were a total of 52 student, faculty, and staff sign ups, and 45 pints were given. Some potential donors are deferred due to a number of considerations. The senior class had the most signups for this drive.
“It is supposed to be a share your love and care for the world kind of thing” said Jeff Bonino-Britsch, Vice President of Operations. Bonino-Britch has organized the drives for many years and considers blood donation a selfless act of Christian service.
“The juniors started off strong, but then on the last day, the senior signups shot up,” said Bonino Britsch.
The annual blood drives have been a part of the Verbum Dei experience since 2013. They began after the school observed that the campus had good donation numbers in the past. Originally, the goal was 100 pints, but the donations have been down in recent years. This was the reasoning behind having multiple blood drives in one school year; the expansion to three drives was implemented in 2016-2017 school year.
It is important that there is a significant number of signups because the blood drives are brought out by hospitals. They offer their blood donor services, and they expect a large group of donors, said Bonino-Britsch.
The next blood drive will be on February 13, 2019, the day before Valentine’s Day. The last blood drive of the school year will be scheduled sometime in May.