Maries R-1 students recognized by American Red Cross

March 21, 2013

Elementary, high school students helped make winter blood drive a success


VIENNA, Mo. (March 21, 2013) – Students at Vienna Elementary School and Vienna High School are being recognized by the American Red Cross for their efforts to make a Red Cross blood drive held on the high school campus in February a success. The Feb. 20 blood drive, sponsored by the National Honor Society, collected 37 pints of blood, exceeding the drive’s goal.

While students at Vienna Elementary are too young to donate blood themselves, they supported the blood drive by encouraging parents, older relatives and neighbors to give on their behalf. The Red Cross honored elementary students at a ceremony on March 20, during which the students received watches as thank you gifts.

“The Red Cross and the hospitals we serve are grateful to the high school and elementary school students who worked so hard to help save lives,” said Amanda Schlottach, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative. “Because of their support, the Red Cross can continue to make blood available to patients in need.”

The blood drive at Vienna High School came at an important time for the Red Cross. Severe winter weather in late February cancelled many Red Cross blood drives across the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, causing a shortfall of more than 1,000 units of blood and platelets.

Schools, businesses and other organizations interested in hosting a Red Cross blood drive can find more information by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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

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 or join our blog at