Gillispie School class in La Jolla donates $2,326 to San Diego Blood Bank

Despite being nearly a decade away from eligibility to donate blood, Gillispie School students wanted to help the San Diego Blood Bank.

On Feb. 10, third-graders hosted a blood drive to generate blood donations and a bake sale to raise funds. They donated the $2,326 proceeds during a ceremony March 25, in which each student read a thank you note for all the blood bank does. Jackie Vella, Foundation Director for San Diego Blood Bank, accepted the check.

Front: Lauren Latimer, Elle Chapman, Ava Bayne, Stella Hurley, Alexandra Ozarski, Isabella Stuart, Leah DeWitte and Luke Fenton. Middle: Jacob Tsai, Luca Burity, Packy Whelan, Tyler Boynton, Noa Tang, Andrew Perkins, Chloe Lin, Tate Marino, Sahir Buch, Milaad Shiekhizadeh, Phillip Finch and Daniel Minutella. Back: Gillispie teacher Erica Hurley, teacher Linda Davis, San Diego Blood Bank representatives Jackie Vella and Jennifer Bradley, also with San Diego Blood Bank

The Gillispie School has been hosting blood drives since 2010. This year, the students created an inspiring video to encourage people to come out and donate and/or buy their treats. See the video here