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Canterbury Hosts Annual ARC Blood Drive

Canterbury Hosts Annual ARC Blood Drive
Meredith Berry-Toon

On Monday, February 26, Canterbury hosted the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive.

"This year, we have 34 faculty and students participating, one of the largest groups since I've been a part of the Drive for the last six years," notes Keiko Mathewson, Director of Community Service.

Six additional students - Erin Kincade '18, Gabby Vitelli '18, Jeaneville Quaye '18, Eli Taylor '19, Rachael DeLong '19, and Adrian deCola '19 - helped lead and organize the event.

"It's great to see our students and teachers giving back to the community," says Gabby, "even those of us who can't give blood because we are under 18."

Sue Roberts, Associate Head of School for Academics, initiated the on-campus blood drive in the early 2000s. Keiko Mathewson took over planning the event in 2012.

"Hosting a blood drive is a wonderful opportunity for students to make a connection with the American Red Cross," noted Keiko. "It is important to get students interested now so they will donate throughout their adult years."

Canterbury students and faculty rotated in and out of the field house throughout the day. Many who did no register also ended up giving blood during slots of time that became available on Monday. New Milford community members also participated in high numbers, taking time out of their day to drive to campus and participate in the American Red Cross event.