SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The main foyer at Union Catholic was converted into a makeshift medical center on Wednesday when the school hosted a Blood Drive.

Students, staff, parents, alumni and members of the community all took part in this great cause, which was held in conjunction with the Atlantic Health Systems.

There are scholarship opportunities for students who donate blood, and UC seniors who donate are eligible to wear a red cord at graduation in May. It was the first of two Blood Drives that will be hosted by Union Catholic this school year. 

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“We get a lot of great support from the whole UC Community for the Blood Drive as alumni, students, parents, and faculty all come together,’’ said Mr. Ed Thornton, the Blood Drive moderator. “It’s part of the whole idea of Social Justice and giving back, and everyone in the UC Community jumps on board to help out."

"By working with Atlantic Health Systems, the blood that’s donated today will go right to the hospitals at Morristown and Overlook, and it’s used right away for those in need,’’ Thornton said. 

UC senior Brian Power was one of the many who donated blood.

“I understand the importance of giving blood to people, so whatever I can do to help people I will do,’’ said Power. “It’s such a small sacrifice for such a great cause. Everyone cares so much about people that need blood transfusions that they will overcome their fears to unite and give blood to those that need it. We are such a powerful community here at Union Catholic and that shows greatly through this blood drive. And to do this during the Christmas season really shows how much we all care about others.’’