Thu, 10/17/2019 - 9:30pm

A special citation

To the Editor:

In September. the Block Island community was given a proclamation from Gov. Gina Raimondo. The words are so complimentary that I'd like to present them to you here. There is every reason for our community to be very proud of the many wonderful things we do.

Gubernatorial Proclamation

Block Island Community

Rhode Island Blood Center — 40 Year Blood Drive Sponsor

“Whereas, for 40 years, the Block Island Community has helped save thousands of lives throughout Rhode Island and New England by sponsoring blood drives with the Rhode Island Blood Center, and

“Whereas, lives might have been lost had the Block Island Community not stepped up to do their part in ensuring a steady community blood supply, and

“Whereas, by sponsoring blood drives, the Block Island Community shows genuine concern for their fellow Rhode Islanders who are battling cancer, undergoing surgery, have suffered trauma, complications during childbirth, have blood disorders, and other life-threatening illnesses that require blood transfusions, and

“Whereas, the Block Island Community shows true generosity of spirit, encouraging and supporting members of your organization as they give the most precious gift of blood to fellow human beings, and

“Whereas, the Block Island Community has provided over 3,959 blood donations in their forty years as a community blood drive sponsor, which could help save as many as 11,877 lives, and

“Whereas, it is only fitting that we recognize this great undertaking and the need for more Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island organizations to help someone else with a blood donation,

“Now, Therefore, I, Gina Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island, do hereby recognize the Block Island Community for their support of the Rhode Island Blood Center over the past four decades."

Thank you, Block Island community, for the many wonderful things you do for others.

Peter H. Greenman, Coordinator

Rhode Island Blood Center