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Frank Schott Memorial Blood Drive Collects 120 Pints for Blood Center of New Jersey

Donors, Shillelagh volunteers, and Blood Center staff. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
The Blood Center of New Jersey Mobile Donation Center. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
Donation in Progress. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
Volunteers Sally Prior and Christopher Mott. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
16+ to Donate but all are welcome! Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
Upstairs donation station. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
Father and Son Noel and Connor O'Keeffe give blood together. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke
Francine Schott and a worker from New Jersey Blood Center. Credits: Janet O'Keefe Burke

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh club, aided by Francine Schott, The Celtic Sisters, and numerous volunteers from West Orange, West Essex and the surrounding community, hosted the Seventh Annual Francis Schott Memorial Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Staffed by The Blood Center of New Jersey, the 15 tables set up for donators were never empty. The community stepped up in response to a critical blood shortage and donated 120 pints of blood.  All participants were thanked with an Irish Breakfast courtesy of Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick.

Francine Schott said in response to the strong turnout, "On behalf of myself and my family let me extend our gratitude to the committee that made this happen, to all the volunteers who worked on Sunday and to all the donors who came out. Have a great Thanksgiving and we'll catch you again next year." 

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