Ilija M. ’15, president of the Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society

How would you like to help millions of people across the United States in less than two hours of your time? Every year, donated blood helps to save the lives of thousands of accident victims, people with sickle-cell disease, and cancer patients, to name a few.  In fact, according to the Red Cross, over 40,000 donations are needed every day.

The National Honor Society chapter at Harrisburg Academy feels that it is our duty to help those in our community, and around the country.  This is why we have been hosting an annual blood drive at our school for a number of years and I would like to invite you on behalf of the entire National Honor Society here at Harrisburg Academy to participate as well.  This year, the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank Bloodmobile will facilitate a blood drive on Wednesday, April 8, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Academy.  Everyone who is part of the Academy community — parents, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of the school — are invited to participate, as well as anyone from the greater Harrisburg area.  You are cordially invited to give blood and give life!

I participated last year myself, and I can guarantee that the entire procedure takes less than an hour, and is almost completely painless.  All you need to do is fill out a questionnaire to ensure your eligibility, and then donate approximately three pints of blood.  This procedure is harmless and quick, but it can make the difference between life and death for someone else.  We hope to see you there!