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Inspired by the schools, Central Services staff hold first blood drive

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis gives blood during a Central Services blood drive. Also pictured, from left, are Red Cross supervisor Danita Sic and Red Cross personnel Tresse Kennedy. (Below, UCPS Director of Employee Relations Ken Roess gives blood during a Central Services blood drive. Also pictured is Red Cross personnel Tresse Kennedy.)

Union County Public Schools have been recognized by the American Red Cross as the leading blood donors in Union County.

Sheila Crunkleton, Community Chapter Executive with the American Red Cross, said UCPS students, staff, parents and community members potentially saved 5,628 lives through their donation of 1,876 units of blood collected in school blood drives during the last year.

She added that this accounted for almost half of all blood collected in Union County last year.

These life saving efforts, however, have been concentrated in the schools. To remedy that, Central Services personnel decided to do their part by holding its first blood drive Friday (Jan. 25, 2013).

“The schools have inspired us to join the effort,” said Candy Stufflebeam, an administrative assistant in Central Service.

UCPS Director of Employee Relations Ken Roess said although he started giving blood when he was in college, he hasn’t given in recent years as much as he should. He said that would change, as he plans to give blood more frequently.

“Nobody should be in need of blood and not have it available,” Roess said. “During times when someone is in need of blood, they’re in a crisis situation. It’s ridiculous that there would not be a supply when it’s so easy to give blood.”

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis said she is very thankful for the giving spirit of UCPS employees.

"As our schools were being recognized for giving almost 1,900 units of blood last school year, I shared with our principals that I would do the same,” Ellis said. “Our Central Services staff needed to have the opportunity to give back to the community as well. Though small in number, they have very big hearts. I am proud of the difference they made."

According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds, with more than 44,000 blood donations needed every day. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, providing blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 25, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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