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Posted on Jan 05, 2012

Paying It Forward in the New Year

January 5, 2012

While most of us enjoyed the holiday season and rang in the new year surrounded by family and friends, I’m sure that we can all think of a close family member, relative, or friend who has had to face recent health challenges. Perhaps he or she has even needed a blood transfusion as a result of an accident or illness?

My aunt Diane, who lives in Massachusetts and suffers from leukemia, recently went to the hospital for what she sadly refers to as a “routine” blood transfusion. After a long, uncomfortable trip in my father’s pickup truck, her weak and bony body spent the entire day sitting in a chair in the waiting room. She was eventually sent home with the unfortunate news that there would be no blood for her that day. She would have to go home and try again tomorrow. Three thousand miles away, I donated blood in her honor the next day. It didn’t help my aunt, but it felt gratifying to help some other person in need.

Please consider paying it forward and honoring a friend or family member in your life who has received blood by donating at the annual Gillispie Blood Drive on February 1 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the gym.

To make an appointment, please click on the link below:


This is a public blood drive (meaning everyone’s welcome!), so please pass on this information to your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred (in fact, the Blood Bank won’t visit unless we meet a minimum quota of 30, so schedule today!).

Erica Hurley
Grade 3 Teacher

P.S. Don’t miss The Gillispie Blood Drive & Bake Sale

Date: February 1, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m -5:00 p.m.
Place: Gillispie Gym

**Third Graders will be selling family-sized baked treats to benefit the San Diego Blood Bank.

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