West Central High School students to host blood drive on Nov. 1

October 23, 2013

BIGGSVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2013) — High school students across the country can help patients in need by donating blood and platelets, volunteering at blood drives and donation centers, and recruiting new donors with the American Red Cross – all while preparing for their post-secondary education.

To that end, the West Central High School Student Council in Biggsville will host a blood drive on Nov. 1 and are encouraging their fellow students, faculty and members of the community to donate lifesaving blood. The students can earn educational rewards for their community service through two Red Cross programs.

The High School Leadership Program focuses on educating, recognizing and rewarding youth for their support of the Red Cross and the hospitals and patients it serves. Students have the opportunity to receive a college recommendation letter from a local Red Cross executive, a Red Cross red cord to wear at graduation, or the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.

The Young Minds Change Lives High School Scholarship Program rewards high schools that encourage presenting donors to visit their blood drives during the academic year. Based on the pints of blood collected at a school’s Red Cross blood drive(s) held during the school year, a scholarship will be awarded to one or more graduating students at the school.

West Central High School Student Council Blood Drive

Nov. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at West Central High School, Highway 34, RR 1 Box 72 in

Biggsville, Ill.

To make a donation appointment, please call Chris Singleton at 309-627-2377 or visit redcrossblood.org.

As much as 20 percent of Red Cross blood donations come from students. On average, about 15,000 pints of blood must be collected every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers. Young donors, 16 to 24 years of age, are the fastest growing donor group within the Red Cross. The pints collected as a result of student efforts can potentially be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease sufferers and more.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.