Belated, yes, but I’m going to shamelessly use my birthday as an excuse to encourage my friends and family to donate blood. I gave blood for the first time when I was 17 at a blood drive at Nobles and I’m now happy to be a faculty sponsor for the Red Cross Club at Durham Academy. I’m so excited to help organize an event that will let high school students start what will hopefully be a life-long habit of blood donation. So I am encouraging those of you who are able to donate blood this fall; there is always a need for more donations! I’ll be donating on October 7 at our school blood drive, but there are opportunities to donate wherever you live!