Main Line Private School Students "Give the Gift of Life"

Devon Prep, a private, Catholic, boys school on the Main Line, sponsored an annual Blood Drive for the American Red Cross, collecting more pints that in past drives.

Devon, PA, March 01, 2009 --( Devon Prep’s Christian Action Program (CAP) recently sponsored a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross. Sixty-two pints of blood were collected, more than in any previous drives. Among the donors were parents, teachers, students and staff.

According to Senior Vince Arcana of West Chester giving blood was the right thing to do. “It feels good to know that potentially the lives of three people can be saved from my one pint of blood,” Arcana said.

“This is my second year donating blood,” said Devon Prep Senior Neill Moerman of Malvern. “I did it to help someone who may need blood in the future. My dad always did it, so it seemed liked the right thing to do.”

This year in addition to donating whole blood that contains red blood cells, platelets and plasma, several of Devon Prep’s donors opted to participate in the Automated Red Cell Collection, where they provided two units of life-saving red blood cells during one donation.

For more than 50 years, the American Red Cross has been an innovator and a leader in transfusion medicine and research. Started as a relief effort to provide lifesaving plasma and blood during World War II, Red Cross Blood Services has grown-collecting and distributing nearly half the nation's blood supply and many therapeutic blood products.

Some four million people give blood each year through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States.

Devon Prep is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades six to 12, conducted by the Piarist Fathers. The school enrolls nearly 300 students who hail from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks counties as well as parts of Philadelphia. The Main Line campus sits on 20 acres on North Valley Forge Road in Devon, PA. For more information contact Devon Prep at 610-688-7337 or visit

Devon Preparatory School
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