JEFFERSON, NC (Feb. 9, 2018) — While other students enjoyed a break from school over the holidays, Terek Ashley of Jefferson, was hard at work, helping to save lives by planning an American Red Cross blood drive. The Ashe County High School student earned a $1,500 scholarship in recognition of his hard work.
As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Ashley hosted a blood drive at Midway Baptist Church on Jan. 2, 2018. The blood drive was successful, bringing in 61 pints of blood, thanks to generous volunteer blood donors. As a result, Ashely was entered to win a college scholarship and was chosen as a winner. He was also awarded a gift card.
The Ashe County senior was inspired to host a blood drive knowing there is a constant need for blood. “I hope to be a lifelong donor and maybe volunteer at drives on my college campus,” said Ashley. He plans to attend Caldwell Community College after graduating and hopes to eventually transfer to pursue a business degree at a university.
Registration is now available for the Summer 2018 program, which will award scholarships to 10 student participants. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.