‘Pint size heroes’ make St. Mary School blood drive the tops in McLean County
BLOOMINGTON — In just eight years, a blood drive hosted by St. Mary School has become the largest annual one-day donation event in McLean County.
“I can’t believe what it’s become,” said Susan Bassi, a physical education and health teacher, as she stood in the school gym where the American Red Cross had set up 14 beds for the 155 adults who would donate blood on April 29.
The donors were recruited by St. Mary students as part of a “Pint Size Heroes” blood drive. But the students’ involvement doesn’t end in signing up family and friends — they also escort donors around the gym and serve snacks after the process is complete.
“These are grade school students making a difference in people’s lives,” said Bassi, who coordinates the drive for the school. She noted the number of donors has swelled from 35 the first year, to 126 a year ago, to this year’s 155.