Geneva Gives the Gift of Life

By Geneva junior journalism student Aisling Ayers

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’s Bloodmobile made its fourth annual stop at Geneva School of Boerne in late February. Students, teachers and parents signed up to give blood and in so doing, gave the gift of life. Geneva Class of 2016 alumna Addie Lipe started this annual blood drive when she initially contacted The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center during her sophomore year to set up a collection day on the Geneva campus. After Addie’s graduation, her younger sister, Olivia, now a senior, decided to carry the torch by taking the leadership role of coordinating the annual drive.

“I love the blood drive because it’s a great way to actively support and serve our community. By giving blood, we are putting God’s word into action by addressing others’ needs before our own,” Olivia said.

According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, a single pint of blood can save up to three lives. Students 16 and older may donate blood with parental consent. As a result, many Geneva students lined up outside the mobile blood bank to participate in this simple, yet powerful gesture. Senior Jax Roberts was one of these students and summed up the heart of giving blood when he said, “The feeling that I am improving someone’s quality of life by giving blood is pretty indescribable.”

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