To the Editor:

It is with great pleasure I announce the collection results for the 4th Annual Ava Pellicone/Brookdale Community College Blood Drive held December 5 at the Lincroft main campus. This year’s drive presented an outstanding 84 donors – resulting in 66 collected units of blood! Thank you to all friends, family and students for participating in this very special and heartfelt drive.

Over the past four years, these same friends, family, student and faculty have been generous in the giving of their time when donating blood… while being proud of their personal contributions. For most people, when helping others who are less fortunate, we traditionally give money, toys or food; most often to complete strangers. However, these generous folks seem to have added to the tradition by giving blood.  These donors know that their blood donation is the gift of life for any one of the many hospitalized patients. Their blood donations are a perfect gift for a perfect stranger.

Giving blood is a vital part of both inpatient and outpatient medical treatment. Blood is not something the medical establishment can just manufacture, for it requires the individual commitment and personal time and effort of people who believe in helping people and saving lives.

On that note, I must give great appreciation and thanks to some praiseworthy people who are responsible for this continued success; Gail and Bob Pellicone, parents of little Ava, Shannon Ventre and Katelyn Miller of the Student Athlete Committee and Bob Dubina and his great team of volunteers! All of the wonderful things that have been accomplished thus far are due to their generous hearts, their hard work and… steadfast belief that BLOOD DONATION SAVES LIVES!  Thank you for believing in our cause and…in having us back each and every year.

Historically, the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s has lower donor participation yet a high need for blood. If you are able to donate any time, we can schedule a convenient appointment by calling 732-842-5750 extension 240 – and consider donating with a friend – make it your new holiday tradition. Your gift will enable us to work together to save lives.

Thank you blood donors!  

Happy Holidays to all!

Holly Thompson

Central Jersey Blood Center

Locations in Shrewsbury , Howell & Toms River

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...