Saint Bernard Saints are heroes, too 

David Parrish, a junior at St. Bernard,  donates blood during a recent LifeSouth Blood Drive at Saint Bernard Prep. (Joyce Nix)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Saint Bernard students rolled up their sleeves and donated blood to LifeSouth Monday, March 1 at the school. Of the 24 units collected, 20 were from first-time donors. 

According to LifeSouth Donor Recruiter Kimberly Gilbert , one unit of blood saves three people. Seventy-two people were helped because of the generous donors at St. Bernard.

“This is the first time in my working years that I look forward to doing the math! There were 20 first-time donors. Seeing that number feels like finding hidden treasure on my end,” Gilbert said.

While all donors were tested for COVID-19 antibodies, each one also received a T-shirt from LifeSouth, a coupon for a free Lawler’s barbecue sandwich and a pound of Papa Murphy’s chocolate chip cookie dough with purchase.

Gilbert thanked the students and community and said she looks forward to future drives as the Bloodmobile is set to return Monday, May 3 from noon-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. To donate,  donors must be 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a photo I.D.  Donors who are 16 require written parental permission.