BYESVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 9, 2019) — The community is invited to give blood at the 3rd annual Meadowbrook High School Colts Out for Blood Drive with the American Red Cross Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.
This is the third year for the Colts Out for Blood Drive. The first two years resulted in 350 donations. Organizers seek 150 donations this year. Those who come to donate will receive a special edition Colts Out for Blood T-shirt and can enter to win raffle items. Blood donations also help the school qualify for scholarship dollars through the Red Cross High School Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded to selected college bound seniors participating in the planning of the blood drive.
A committee of students are responsible for the planning of the event, including presentations, public relations, scheduling, recruiting donors, logistics, etc. Students will participate in the blood drive in various capacities, such as volunteering at the registration or refreshment areas, coordinating appointment times, keeping the event moving smoothly and running the activities for the day.
“We are proud to work with the Red Cross on such an admirable project,” said Devvon Dettra, Meadowbrook High School principal. “The students are excited to be involved in such a generous cause and it provides a valuable lesson in the need for humanity to unite behind the common goals of decency and compassion. We would also like to encourage the community to join us in this endeavor and help not only save lives, but create a culture of giving in our student's that will last a lifetime."
“This event is the largest blood drive in Guernsey County,” said Wendy Yarbrough, recruitment district manager for the Red Cross. “This blood drive provides a great learning opportunity for the students, and a great way for the community to help hospital patients.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
Meadowbrook High School Colts Out for Blood Drive
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook High School Gym
58615 Marietta Road., Byesville, OH 4723
Sponsor code: “2orU”
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.