Giving The Gift Of Life
Each year the Red Cross Club at Avon Old Farms School organizes two blood drives with the American Red Cross. This fall, on Giving Tuesday, the fall drive's turnout was a huge success worth mentioning.
This year, the school collected 101 units of blood, with each pint able to save up to three lives. That means generous donors at these drives have potentially helped more than 300 patients in need. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
"The American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region is very grateful to schools and students who organize and participate in blood drives," said Alyson Barraza, Red Cross communications manager. "Donations can decline during the summer and the holiday season due to busy schedules and vacations, so regular school-run blood drives while class is in session are extremely important to maintaining the blood supply for patients in need."
At Avon, instead of a decline in participation, when club faculty advisor Mr. Glenn Sieber began announcing that registration was open for the drive, slots filled up quickly. By November 14, a full two weeks before the drive was scheduled, all spots were full. By 8 a.m. on November 29, faculty members and students were checking in at the fieldhouse for the drive, and they kept coming until 1:30 p.m.
"Avon does a great job with this blood drive," said Christine Auletta, of the Red Cross. "From students manning the registration table, to the donors who may be nervous but are always polite, this drive is always a pleasure to help coordinate."
As one of the most active high school Red Cross Clubs in the region, the group also sponsors fundraisers, hosts CPR trainings, and volunteers at the annual Red Cross Ball in Hartford.
"The Red Cross welcomes and appreciates the enthusiasm of students who organize events and fundraisers through their schools and Red Cross Clubs," said Barraza. "Students should take pride in knowing they are saving lives. We hope that these events spark a lifelong commitment to service and helping others."
For more information on the American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.