Lexington High School Interact Club partnered with American Red Cross for the first in a series of blood drives on January 7, 2015. The Red Cross set our donation goal at 30 units, but our team headed by Walt Green, aggressively recruited, and ARC was able to collect 42 units.
On March 5, 2015, we conducted our second drive and collected 47 units under the direction of MaryBeth Ross. As a result of the first drive and an excited student body, we were able to beat our previous collection and set the bar even higher for the next drive.
May 7, 2015 was our third and final drive for the 2014- 2015 school year, and we blew previous collection records out of the water with 56 units! Alyssa Dussetschleger was able to benefit from the acquired knowledge of both Walt and MaryBeth, and the use of specialized equipment that allowed for the collection of double red donations.
Each coordinator chose a team to work with, and with a little help from the Interact sponsor, they recruited students and community members, set up and broke down the donation sites, and ran errands as needed to keep the drive moving smoothly.
Each unit of blood has the potential to save 3 lives, so with 145 units collected, our drive will be able to impact 435 lives. In addition, the three coordinators will be awarded scholarship money for their efforts.
Our blood drive efforts will not end in June with the school year. In July, Nora Yancey is coordinating a drive at the Youth Activity Center, and we have tentative dates set up for 4 additional drives during the 2015-2016 school year. Donors need to be at least 17 to donate, or 16 with parental consent. Please support the Interact Club of Lexington and the American Red Cross as we positively impact our community.
Special thanks goes to Mrs. Traci Ricketson for supporting our students and ensuring that this tremendous cause met and exceeded its goal. I would also like to thank our student coordinators, Walt, MaryBeth, Alyssa, and Nora, for their outstanding leadership and passion to serve our community and impact the lives of others. These individuals were honored for their efforts at the May 19th school board meeting.