Back to School, Back to Blood Drives
Snacks and juice won’t be the only reward awaiting high school blood donors in Salem, Indiana this school year. Through the American Red Cross’ Young Minds Change Lives scholarship program, participating high schools can earn scholarship money for post-secondary education.
In the 2009/2010 school year, the Red Cross awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Salem High School. This year, the school has added a third blood drive to their calendar, which will help them increase their scholarship award.
The current Red Cross high school scholarship program, now in its second year, awards scholarships based on the number of blood donations at high school blood drives throughout the year. School representatives then determine how to award the scholarship(s).
“There could not be a more effective use of our limited youth donor recruitment resources than the Young Minds Change Lives scholarship program, “said Linda Voss, CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “This is a tremendous partnership that helps patients, teaches valuable skills to students through a hands-on project and establishes a post-secondary scholarship fund.”
Support Salem High School at Their Upcoming Open to the Public Blood Drive:
- Tuesday, August 24, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Salem High School’s auxiliary gymnasium, 700 N. Harrison St., Salem, Ind. 47167
Approximately 15 percent of blood donations through the American Red Cross come from high school blood drives. Young donors, 16 to 24 years of age, are the fastest growing donor group within the American Red Cross, though they donate less frequently due in part to summer breaks from school.
“The Young Minds Change Lives scholarship program is part of a coordinated and responsible strategy to ensure that the next generation of blood donors have the opportunity to get involved and become committed to donating blood regularly,” added Voss.
In addition, presenting blood donors at the Salem High School blood drive will have a chance to win a 2010 Ford Focus in the “FOCUS on Saving Lives This Summer” promotion. From June 1 to September 7, 2010 presenting donors who are at least 18 years old and who live in or present to donate in the River Valley Blood Services Region will be entered for a chance to win a 2010 Ford Focus. One lucky winner will drive home in the car and two semi-finalists will each take home a $500 gas card. (Mail-in entries will be available for people who are unable to donate but would still like a chance to win the grand prize.)
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.