The American Red Cross is on a humanitarian mission to connect people and communities all around the world. To do so, they reached out asking for blood donations. Last year, roughly 3.1 million volunteers answered the call.
Blood collected yields three products – platelets, plasma, and red cells. These products are used in normal, special, and emergency cases.
According to The American Red Cross, they aid 44 people every 60 seconds. This capacity of help requires an equal number of helpers: one of which can be you.
“The American Red Cross comes to the Troy High School three to four times a year,” said Sarah Brown who leads the Troy National Honor Society (NHS) along with Laura Brown.
Their upcoming blood drive, assisted by the current 52 NHS members, is on Monday, May 13. The community is welcome to join as they open the doors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the High School Library.
“We’re really trying to meet our goal and they’re always looking for donations,” said Sarah Brown, who explained that if the NHS meets their minimum requirements of participants, they’re offered scholarships from the American Red Cross.
“Last year, four seniors received scholarships,” said Sarah Brown. These scholarships help pave the way for seniors looking to attend college or university.
The blood drives held by the school are open to students as well, but not all meet the requirements to donate.
The American Red Cross’s priority is the safety and health of not only their recipients of blood, but also their donors.
Sarah Brown assured the community that no appointment is required, but if you’d like one, contact the school at (570) 297 – 2176 and ask for Sarah Brown.
“All are welcome,” added Sarah Brown.
Remember that anyone age 16 to 17 needs a permission slip to donate. Anyone 18 years of age and older may walk in during the time mentioned above.
As the American Red Cross reminds us, blood is, “only something that one person can give to another.”