NEW BRUNSWICK -  New Brunswick High School’s National Honor Society plans to give back to the surrounding community by hosting a blood drive on Monday, March 26 for the eighth year in a row. Each year the society’s three blood drives collect about 300 pints of blood. This is an important contribution because each pint can result in saving three lives.

When several inches of snow closed the city schools earlier this month, the blood drive was canceled. It was not the  only one. Because of the harsh weather conditions, more than 150 blood drives were canceled around the state, leaving the Red Cross Administration in a serious need for donations. In November and December alone, the Red Cross Administration was missing about 28,000 donations to reach the amount of blood needed.

Community Blood Services of Montvale supports New Brunswick High by sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship earmarked for a National Honor Society graduate who contributes the most f time and effort to make the blood drive a success. For every 90 pints of blood, Community Blood Services donates a $500 scholarship to the school.

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Co-advisor of the New Brunswick National Honors Society, Paul Bryant, said that the blood goes to Saint Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, as well as other hospitals in central and northern New Jersey. As the school has grown in enrollment, the blood drive has seen steady growth. According to Bryant, the students learn much by meeting the challenges of scheduling and organizing the event.

Anibet Taveras is a senior at New Brunswick High School