Article by Brianne Russell and Brooke Salmon, Class of 2015:
On Friday, February 27, the Kellenberg Memorial seniors were asked to volunteer to become heroes. The New York Blood Center set up a blood drive in our very own gym. In increments of fifteen minutes, the seniors would come down from their classes to donate blood at their allotted times. As the seniors and various faculty members entered the gym, they began the process to donate blood by filling out various paper work followed by a check up with a nurse. From there, students and faculty patiently waited to save a life by donating a pint of their blood.
A total of 204 people registered to donate. 41 people donated using the ALYX machine, which safely collects double the amount of red blood cells. Kellenberg had 132 whole blood donations for a grand total of 214 units of blood donated. Together, we saved 688 lives. It is a great feeling knowing that we were able to help so many people.