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SAVE Hosts Successful Blood Drive

CHS seniors Tana Stamper, Rachael Karpinski, and Karsen McGee volunteer at the first blood drive of the year sponsored by the SAVE Club and the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

The SAVE Club, along with adviser Leah Ross,  hosted the school’s first blood drive of the year on September 12 sponsored by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Many students and teachers came by to donate blood, hoping that they will save at least one life. The CBC had many professionals at the school helping out. Students from SAVE volunteered their time to help as well. Volunteers and donors received t-shirts that read, “I Give Blood Because I’m Awesome.”

“Volunteering is something that I am passionate about and it is a way to help my school out, as well as the people running the blood drive,” said senior Mitchell Wesoly.

“I am anemic and I can’t give, so volunteering in the drive is a way I can still help out,” said senior Karsen McGee.

Giving students and teachers the opportunity to donate blood teaches them what it really means to give back to the community.

“I give blood because I want to help people that need it more than me,” said senior Darya Silchenko.

Roman White, a junior, said, “I have given twice before and I know’s it’s for a good cause - hoping to save people’s lives.”

“I wanted to know my blood type and I thought it would be cool to give - to try it at least once!” said junior Mikayla Espita.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ mission is to collect as many productive units as possible.

CBC Donor recruiter Meredith Mauldin said, “Fantastic job on Friday! Please let all your volunteers know how much they were a help to us. They did a great job at the blood drive. Please also make sure to let all the donors know how much we appreciate their support! I was very pleased with how the blood drive turned out. We ended up seeing 120 students and collected 82 productive units. That is fantastic! Our goal was to collect 80 units. Those 82 productive units that were collected will help 246 local patients in the Union County area. That is something to be so proud of!”

For more information on the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, visit www.cbcc.us.

Written by: CHS senior Elizabeth Warren and Media Specialist Paula White
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 by Paula White

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