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Students collecting blood

By From staff reports
Published in News on March 31, 2011 1:46 PM

Students at Meadow Lane Elementary, Tommy's Road Elementary, Carver Elementary and Brogden Middle schools may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are life-saving heroes. And they are helping the adults in their lives become these special heroes.

"Participation in a blood drive is a wonderful way for students to become aware of community responsibility and develop an attitude of helping others," said Kimberly Berrier, senior donor recruitment representative for the Carolinas Blood Services Region, of which Wayne County is a part.

Prior to the drive, students will receive special instruction about blood and the need for a safe and adequate blood supply. Students then receive special training on how to recruit donors.

When a student invites a donor and he or she gives blood at one of the blood drives, the student will receive a package of BioBandz, a Red Cross twist on the popular Silly Bands.

* Meadow Lane's drive is today from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Contact is Katrina Koeppen at 751-7150

* Tommy's Road's drive will be April 7 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Contact is Jackie Lewis at 736-5040

* Brogden Middle School's drive will be April 8 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Contact is Jane Sasser at 705-6010

* Carver Elementary School's drive will be April 18 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Contact is Holy Daly at 658-7330

Students will be recruiting donors who are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.

Each donor will spend about an hour at the drive with the actual donation taking about 10 minutes.

For more information, call 800-RED-CROSS or log onto www.redcrossblood.org.