Sunday, November 20, 2016
By: Mark Buciak
On Sunday, November 13, Old St. Pat’s held its annual Blood Drive, and we collected over 123 pints!
On a beautiful fall day there were plenty of reasons not to come inside to donate, but there was one main reason to donate, to share God’s gift of life with others most in need. The Blood Drive is named after my father, “The John Buciak Blood Drive.” Donating blood in the spirit and honor of a friend or family member is a wonderful way to share our most vital gift. More than 180 people joined us to donated or volunteer this year.
The absolute incredible thing is that we had donors ranging in age from 19 year old college students to a long time member of OSP and loyal donor, Paul Saner, who is 83 years young at heart! We had donors from across the street (Linda, a long time member of OSP and loyal donor) to a record number of non OSP members. We would like to thank everyone involved in the annual Blood Drive, especially our generous donors who are indeed the perfect example of a living Christ in a difficult world.
We also would like to thank our many volunteers who helped to make the day run so smoothly. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. They were extremely hard working and gave part of their Sunday to make our donors feel welcome by giving heart filled hospitality. Warm appreciation to the FXW School who so kindly let us use their gym for our blood drive so we would be able to offer a very suitable space and date of the second Sunday in November to our loyal donors. Thanks to Scott Davis, LMT who gave free massages to our donors before they donated. We take our hats off to Bill Jacobs of PIECE on North Ave for supplying their award-winning pizza and Trader Joe’s for their fresh bananas so our donors could have a healthy post-donation meal.
Also, many thanks to Larry Duncan of FFC, Formula Fitness Clubs for donating a free one week membership to everyone. For the 3rd year in a row our blood drive was graced with the Comfort Dogs of the Lutheran Church Ministry. These wonderful canines and their handlers added a special loving and caring touch to our day with their kindness. We thank canines Susie and Darlin for bringing us special joy and peace. No one could have done it better.
In addition, I would like to personally acknowledge with heart-filled thanks the Old St. Pat’s staff who helped support the Blood Drive this year, particularly the hard working Maintenance Crew who was ready to go on an early Sunday morning. We could never managed this Blood Drive without them! Please save the date of Sunday, November 12, 2017 for our next OSP Blood Drive.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to donate a pint of blood as often as every 56 days. Throughout the year, we encourage you to look for a Blood Drive near your home or office by entering your zip code at www.redcrossblood.org. Remember that the Red Cross is the only nationwide non-profit blood bank. Many people will have new life because of your willingness to share a pint of blood. This is one of the greatest gifts one can give. My father, John told me that when God gives you a gift, the best thing you can do is share it with others. Thanks for sharing God’s gift of life with others most in need. Best wishes for a Blessed Thanksgiving, a prayerful Advent, a wonderful Christmas Season and a New Year filled with health and happiness.
May God bless our donors, volunteers, sponsors, and the canines. Mark Buciak , Volunteer Blood Drive Director firstname.lastname@example.org | 773.307.0033