Generous community members heeded the call and donated a precious gift to help others – their blood. The Clinton Sunrise Rotary’s annual blood drive, held at the Clinton Firehouse on Saturday, 7/28, was a great success. New Jersey Blood Services was on hand and collected 39 units of blood. “We are pleased with the number of community members who donated blood,” stated Deb Shenberger, Clinton Sunrise Rotary President. “We live in a caring community and can always count on the local residents to give of themselves to help others.”
In addition to helping others, donors had the opportunity to win something for themselves as several door prizes were available. Chelsea Loftus of Clinton won a camera from Sandrian Camera in Clinton; Orlando Caponpon of Clinton received a 6 month family membership to the Hunterdon County YMCA along with a gym bag of goodies. All donors received 2 Mets tickets from NJ Blood Services and were treated to free Rita’s Ice by Tom Kowal, owner of the Clinton & Flemington Rita’s stores.
Every 3 seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York/New Jersey community for patients who require a life-saving blood and/or platelet transfusion. Those in need include cancer patients, accident, burn or trauma victims, patients undergoing surgery or a transplant, & newborn babies. “Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life,” related Barbara Pearson, Account Manager for the Clinton Office of NJ Blood Services. “Our organization sincerely thanks Clinton Sunrise Rotary for coordinating a great blood drive.”
The Clinton Sunrise Rotary meets every Thursday morning, 7:30am, at the Clinton Firehouse. For more information about the club visit www.clintonsunriserotary.org.