DIXON, Ill. (June 30, 2020) — During these uncertain times, local student Julia Heller of Dixon made an impact in her community and answered the call to help save lives this spring by planning an American Red Cross blood drive. The Faith Christian School student earned a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of her hard work.
As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives spring program, Heller hosted a blood drive at Faith Assembly of Grand Detour in Dixon on May 20. The blood drive was successful, bringing in 38 pints of blood, thanks to generous volunteer blood donors. As a result, Heller was entered to win a college scholarship and was chosen as a winner. She was also awarded a gift card.
Heller is currently a senior attending Faith Christian School and anticipates graduating in July 2020 and then plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and major in Animal Science. After learning about the Leaders Save Lives program from her advisor, Heller thought participating would be a great way to bring the community together. When asked about what she gained from her experience, she replied, “I learned leadership skills, promotional and communications skills, and the ability to bring people from different circles of life together for a good cause.” Heller is also a Red Cross certified lifeguard, completed Red Cross training for CPR and AED, also known as automated external defibrillators and first aid.
The Red Cross Leaders Save Lives summer program is now running, which will award scholarships to 10 student participants who host drives now through Aug. 31, 2020. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/leaderssavelives.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 consent 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.