The American Red Cross “Leaders Save Lives” program is offering students the opportunity to engage with their communities, save lives and gain leadership experience by hosting a blood drive between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15. Students will be eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500.
Students work directly with an American Red Cross account manager to coordinate the blood drive. According to the American Red Cross, blood donations made at high school, university and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations through the Red Cross.
“Winter is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs with inclement weather and seasonal illnesses reducing the number of volunteer donors that come out to give,” said Red Cross spokesperson, Sue Thesenga. “Our Leaders Save Lives program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills and help ensure blood is available for patients in need of lifesaving transfusions by recruiting their friends and family to give blood.”
The blood drive must be hosted between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15 and collect a minimum of 25 pints in order to be entered into the drawing for the scholarship. A total of six scholarships will be awarded. Students who collect 25 pints will also win a gift card to giftcertificates.com.
For more information or to register to host a blood drive, visit the Leaders Save Lives website.