The Red Cross community blood drive held on March 7th at the Memphis First Baptist Church was staffed by student volunteers from our own Scotland County High School. For the past three years our high-school students have served as the local volunteers for the March blood drive taking on the responsibility of setting up the facility for the event, registering donors, preparing food and drinks and serving our donors.

A total of 89 people came out to give blood, of which 14 were high-school students. A total of 81 units were collected through this student-hosted drive.

The donor goal for our blood drives is currently set at 100 units. The goal determines the number of Red Cross workers that are assigned to each blood drive. With the current number of workers and donor stations available there is a very short waiting period for donors and most donors are received as they walk in the door; however, if we continue to fall short of our goal, the goal will be lowered to match our current numbers and less workers will be assigned to our blood drive. Please continue to give at every drive when possible and encourage others to consider giving to this life-saving cause. It is safe, free, doesn’t take much time and not as scary as you might think. It is important for our community to realize that all units collected during this student-led drive each year count toward scholarships given to our local students by the American Red Cross. The involvement of our students in the March drive encourages community involvement and civic responsibility.

The American Red Cross and your local volunteers would like to thank all those who took time from their day to come and donate to this life-saving cause. As always, many in the community had a hand in making this blood drive a success: J’s Food donated orange juice, the First Christian Church of Memphis provided homemade cookies, Pizza Hut donated a personal pan pizza to each student donor, and the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance provided sandwiches.

Thank you to all who came out and donated blood and all the students who gave generously of their time as volunteers.