New Jersey MENTOR Holds Blood Drive to Give Back
New Jersey MENTOR did its part to give back to the community recently by holding a blood drive at its Mount Laurel office. Employees and community members took part in the event that was held on January 11.
A total of 15 people donated blood. Community members also had a chance to interact with New Jersey MENTOR staff, which partnered with the Community Blood Council of New Jersey (CBCNJ) to run the drive. The CBCNJ was selected as a partner due to it being a local organization (Trenton) that serves 30 area hospitals. Representatives from the CBCNJ set up the beds and equipment, and also provided a raffle basket for donors that featured Dunkin Donuts coffee and mugs.
“The event was held in order to provide an outlet to give back to our community,” Mentor recruiter Ashley Lamb said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for the community to hear our name and learn what we do. Not to mention, it was a great chance to help people in need and boost employee morale.”
Participants received t-shirts, as well as snacks and refreshments for replenishment after giving blood. A theme of the day was a general feeling of positivity for giving back to community members in need. It is said that one donation of blood contributes to saving three lives. In that sense, New Jersey MENTOR may ultimately help save as many as 45 lives with the donations from this drive.
“The Blood Drive held was an exciting and rewarding experience,” Mount Laurel office coordinator Catherine Flack said. “It was my first time giving blood and I felt really good about doing it along with my coworkers. The positive energy and support of my coworkers and the blood donor staff made me feel very happy and enthusiastic about giving blood. I look forward to having another drive next year.”