COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, ADDRESSES SUMMER BLOOD SHORTAGES
- Organization: Boy Scout Troop 1776 and American Red Cross
- Causes: Health
- Date(s): August 9, 2012 - 2 PM - 8 PM
- Contact person: Judy Zobele
- Phone: 908-399-5144
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.redcross.org
On Thursday, August 9, 2012, Boy Scout Troop 1776 will hold the Seventh Annual Silvano Zobele Blood Drive at the Neshanic Reformed
Church in Hillsborough from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Silvano Zobele, who died of leukemia in June, 2006 is the father of Troop 1776 scouts and recent HHS graduates John and Thomas Zobele. Since his death the troop has run this very special summer blood drive in order to help the area blood supply during a period of severe shortages.
Neshanic Reformed Church is located at 715 Amwell Road at the 3-way stop. This year’s blood drive is special because 2012 marks John and Thomas’ graduation from high school and their earning the Eagle award, the highest achievement in boy scouting.
To become an Eagle, a scout must earn twenty-one or more merit badges, hold a troop leadership position, and finally conceive, plan and execute a community service project to be carried out by the troop.
John and Thomas both began scouting in first grade as Tiger in Cub Scout Pack 1776. Through
troop activities and trips, as well as many hours of active participation, they earned nearly 60 merit badges between them. In memory of their father, John and Thomas spearheaded this annual Troop blood drive and established annual Troop participation in “Relay for Life,” the
fund-raising walking event of the American Cancer Society.
For his Eagle community service project, John focused on his former elementary school, Woodfern in Hillsborough where he unified the flagpole area in front of the school with the rest of the building's outdoor aesthetics and refurbished the school’s playground equipment to ensure
safety. Thomas chose to focus his project on the needs of visitors to the Sensory Garden located in Ann Van
Middlesworth Park in Hillsborough. In order to make the entry to the gardens more accessible for persons with
disabilities, he replaced the existing gravel path with a brick walkway. In addition, the project also planted a
variety of perennials near the entrance.
The Zobele family and Troop 1776 hopes the public will respond by choosing to donate. Appointments may be made by calling Judy Zobele at 908-399-5144 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments can also be made on the American Red Cross website www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are also welcome. Platelet donations start at 2:30 PM, and double whole blood donation begins at 3:00 PM. Remember to bring some form of identification. Note that minors 16
years of age may donate with pre-signed parental permission. Parental permission forms can be found on p. 2 and 3 of this link: http://www.redcrossblood.org/students/sixteen/pennjersey
Troop 1776 thanks members of the
community for helping the troop with this important community service and for
honoring Mr. Zobele’s memory by donating the gift of life!