MILLBURN, NJ - this past Saturday a blood drive was held at the Millburn Free Public Library. It was hosted by the Red Cross with student volunteers.

As soon as the drive started, there were already several people giving blood. Individual stations were set up with dividers to grant donors some privacy. To make the experience as comfortable as possible for donors, student volunteers set up a variety of snacks and water bottles, while attendants stood on hand.

One thing stressed at the drive was how blood cannot be manufactured in a lab, regardless of the pertinent need. This is truly a cause where contribution goes directly to saving lives. Blood donations must come from other humans willing to take the time and inconvenience.

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In speaking to the team supervisor of this event, Omar Javier, it was made clear just how much difference the community of Millburn made in the area.

Javier said, “Being part of the Red Cross is like the perfect job cause every day we come out here and any type or any type of blood we collect, we know someone is waiting at the hospital to use it.”

When it comes down to the cold facts, the medical treatments requiring blood transfers of any kind rely on the compassion of other people. For some people, giving blood may be something they do not want to do, or are hesitant to do.

When asked what he would say to those hesitant to give blood, Javier replied: “Just think of with 1 pint, 1 donation that you do, you could save three lives.”

This is not the first blood drive hosted in Millburn Township and it will not be the last. The Red Cross plays a major part in the community, especially in Millburn High School, which is why student volunteers were eager to help out with the event, despite being out of school for summer vacation.

One student volunteer, Amanda Huie explained the reason she was so committed to the cause by saying “I want to volunteer in this club just to help save lives around the world and it makes me feel really glad that every blood drive we prepare saves like about 100 or even 200 lives.”