With the arrival of Don Rags came the semi-annual blood drive last Tuesday on Thomas Aquinas College’s California campus. Vitalant, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing blood to those in need, serviced students at a temporary clinic in St. Augustine Hall. Donors gave throughout the morning and early afternoon, some walking in, others scheduled.

Friendly technicians welcomed students and helped them make their life-giving contributions. Though veteran donors made a showing, the drive was not without newcomers. “Donating seemed like something I ought to do,” said first-timer Michael Bishop (’23), who added with a laugh, “It helps that they have free snacks.”