Lynners participated in an international blood drive April 1st. Thanks to Juan Gonzalez and Dulce Gonzalez for organizing the event contributing the story and photos –
Despite the weather, dozens of students were present at the blood drive hosted by the international non-profit organization, The Global Embassy of Activists for Peace at the KIPP Academy Lynn.
Before the blood drive there was a walk from Lynn City Hall to KIPP Academy under the slogan: “A Walk for the Gift of Life.”
Jennifer Startek, School Operations Director at KIPP Academy Lynn said, “I really would like to see KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate and Lynn Public Schools working more together in the near future.”
“During the blood drive, educational material was distributed as well as face painting; but most importantly, it was to see the students from KIPP Academy Lynn and Lynn Classical working for one ideology: The Gift of Life.” Said Juan Gonzalez, Regional Coordinator in New England for the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace.
“Life is in the blood. There is nothing more true than that.” said Kevin Coppinger, Chief of Police, also stating that though there are still racial, cultural, immigration, religious issues in many parts of the word, it is important to recognize that sooner or later, some person will need this vital liquid and will be glad to have blood to live; through this blood drive campaign we can break through these stigmas.
Dulce Gonzalez, from the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace, has announced that this next May 7th there will be an opportunity for those who were not able to donate blood to come down to the Lynn Police Department–located on 300 Washington Street–and donate the gift of Life. At the same time, despite the full efforts of the nurses, who were very attentive and kind, on April 1st, the Boston Children’s Hospital was not able to attend to all donors who made themselves present.
“Life is in the Blood” is a campaign being held in more than 15 countries simultaneously with one main purpose: to create a culture of new habitual blood donors who have love and respect for life, and wish to give that to others in need.