Meadowbrook High School seeks 350 donations at Colts Out for Blood Drive

October 12, 2017
 
Help save lives at Guernsey County’s biggest blood drive
 
The community is invited to give blood at a special Meadowbrook High School Colts Out for Blood Drive with the American Red Cross Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the school gym.  
 
The Colts Out for Blood Drive will be a day filled with activities and community service as students and community members help save lives by giving blood. Those who come to give blood at this event can enjoy a variety of activities: FFA Chicken BBQ at 4 p.m., Cornhole Tournament, Colts vs. Bobcats Powder Puff game at 7 p.m.
 
Classes will not be held the day of the blood drive. Instead, 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. 
 
“Our students and staff at Meadowbrook are excited to be part of this major event and we want every single student engaged,” said Molly Kaplet, Meadowbrook High School principal. “We also want the community to join us in helping save lives by attending and giving blood. This is an opportunity to support your community, engage with your school, have some fun and help save lives.”
 
“This will be the largest blood drive in the history of Guernsey County,” said Wendy Yarbrough, recruitment district manager for the Red Cross. “There are very few blood drives in our entire Central Ohio Region that bring in more than 300 blood donations. 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 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
 
Meadowbrook High School Colts Out for Blood Drive
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
8 a.m. to 8 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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
 
Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.
 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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.
 
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