Cincinnati, Ohio, February 19, 2018 – Love was definitely in the air on Valentine’s Day this year at Saint Ursula Academy. Students showed their love for others while supporting Hoxworth Blood Center by spending time during the day donating blood.
The Annual Blood Drive at SUA was organized by Saint Ursula Academy student Sarah Geraghty ’18 of Western Hills. Nearly 80 people signed up to donate blood during this year’s drive. While not everyone was able to donate due to time restrictions, the overwhelming response to the event was appreciated by Hoxworth Blood Center and, more importantly, by those who will receive the donations. In all, 49 units of blood were collected which may be donated to 147 different people!
Sarah Geraghty has been involved in five blood drives. “Even after doing so many, it never ceases to amaze me how inspiring blood drives are. You can feel the space alive with energy--friends supporting each other, chatting, sharing snacks together, and being proud of each other. I get so excited especially for the first-time donors who are brave enough to conquer their fear and donate!”
She is hopeful that the blood drives will be even bigger and better at SUA after she graduates. She understands the desire for SUA students to “build a better world” and believes that the committee members who aren’t graduating this year will continue to build the event which she has worked on for so many years.
Committee members who helped make the drive a success include:
Julia Fischesser '19 of Colerain Township
Maggie Sullivan '19 of Anderson Township
Carly Merk '18 of Anderson Township
Alina Florio '20 of Union Township
Abigail Kelly '18 of Anderson Township
Celia Nusekabel '19 of Miamitown
Elizabeth Geraghty '18 of Western Hills
Sarah Paeltz '20 of Milford
Isabella Houchens '19 of Monfort Heights
Sarah Thornton '18 of Anderson Township
Mary Feldkamp '20 of Anderson Township
Kathleen Johnson, SUA School Nurse
Saint Ursula Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory, secondary school for young women known for academic excellence and rich tradition. Saint Ursula welcomes students from more than 90 grade schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Academy is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. The campus, located at 1339 E. McMillan Street in East Walnut Hills has been the home of St. Ursula Academy and Convent since 1910. The Class of 2017 earned college scholarships totaling more than $21-million.
Photo Caption: SUA Blood Drive organizer Sarah Geraghty ’18 (back row) encourages friends and committee members Lucie Roberts '18 of Hyde Park and Abby Kelly '18 of Anderson Township, who gave blood on Valentine’s Day.