Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School students encourage their families to give blood and help save lives

April 17, 2016

Students take part in Future Blood Donor program and promote school blood drive

BEAVERTON, Ore. (April 15, 2016) — Today at Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School, parents arriving to pick up their children were seeing red as they were greeted by students dressed in blood drop costumes.

The sixth, seventh and eighth graders were encouraging participation in the Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School’s upcoming blood drive Wednesday, April 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School, 5650 SW Hall Blvd.

The students, members of the school’s leadership team, are taking part in the American Red Cross Future Blood Donor program. The program introduces students to the function of blood, blood components and blood donation. The program features active student, teacher and parent involvement with students helping inform and recruit parents, family members and other eligible donors to give at the school’s blood drive. Each student who recruits someone to come to donate at the school’s blood drive will receive special recognition from the Red Cross.   

Blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of all donations to the Red Cross during the school year. School blood drives are often the first time young people are exposed to the importance of giving blood. These blood drives play a critical role in ensuring an adequate community blood supply.

Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O, AB, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use the sponsor code PilgrimLutheran.

How to donate blood

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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.