Donating blood is one of the most generous acts a person can make during their lifetime, literally giving of their very selves to save others. This blood could help a mother, a father, a son, a person battling cancer, or even a baby — or, more likely, all of the above. The Christendom community joined in this fight to save lives at the college’s annual blood drive this past week, saving potentially 96 lives in the process.

The college has been hosting the blood drive for many years, with students helping to organize the drive with the American Red Cross. Students and college staff filled all but one available slot for this year’s drive, bolstering the college’s reputation as one of the most pro-life in the country.

Students giving blood during the annual drive.

“The amount of people who came forward to give was inspiring,” says director of student activities Marilyn Charba, who helped organize the drive. “People took time out of their day to give their own blood, helping other people they will most likely never meet. That kind of generosity is so common here, and helps make the drive that much more satisfying.”

Statistics from the Red Cross show that, for each blood donation, three lives are potentially saved. That number is staggering, and makes giving blood a crucial act — one that Christendom students thankfully take on each year.

Student volunteers helped setup the college’s gymnasium for the drive, assisting the Red Cross with checking students and staff in, and providing refreshments to the donors afterwards as well.

Throughout the year, Christendom students can be found supporting pro-life causes, whether that be peacefully protesting at abortion clinics each Saturday, marching in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., or volunteering at crisis pregnancy centers. The annual blood drive is just one more way that students actively save lives each year, making a difference in their community and in the world at large.

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