“This is one of the best places for students to volunteer,” Dionne said. “I want to be a nurse.”
Town Councilor and senior advisory leader Phyllis Katsakiores is always a regular at the drive and gives blood as often as she can.
The Derry drive brings out the best in people, she said, from local restaurants donating food and other items, down to all the town officials who show up from various departments to do their part.
“And it doesn’t hurt, it only takes a few minutes,” Katsakiores said.
Pete Marcotte has been giving blood for many years and has the gallon pins to prove it. His wife, Maureen, joined this year’s effort and said it’s easy to take a little time out of the day to help those in need.
“People truly need it,” she said. “Look at all the wounded soldiers coming back.”
Katsakiores said she is proud of the annual police effort.
“And It’s a wonderful time to see people you haven’t seen in a long time,” she said. “It’s a social time.”