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CCHS hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

Members of the CCHS Red Cross Youth Club volunteered during Wednesday’s blood drive.
Photo by Cindy Crosby

Colleton County High School holds three American Red Cross Blood Drives each school year during the months of December, February and April. Their latest drive, on Wednesday, December 9, provided 67 appointments for blood donations.
According to Marcia Frank, who teaches psychology, sociology and world history at Colleton County High School, the Red Cross Blood Drive usually averages around 50-52 pints of blood each visit. “The students are really very generous,” said Frank. “We have some really great students here at the high school who donate each time. We make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for them. It’s our claim to fame because the students tell us how good they are. The Red Cross also brings shirts for the donors during the spring blood drive.”
The CCHS Red Cross Youth Club, under the supervision of Frank, was busy working at the blood drive this past Wednesday. Members of the group worked the registration

Roderick Buckner, CCHS senior, donates to the cause. One pint of blood can save up to three lives according to redcrossblood.org. Photo by Cindy Crosby

and snack table, while volunteering where needed. The Red Cross Youth Club, which numbers around 30 members, meets the first Monday of every month. The group also does Holiday Mail for Soldiers and previously participated in raising money to help a local fire department purchase a defibrillator.
The Red Cross largely depends on high school blood drives to help meet their donation needs. To become a donor, students must meet eligibility requirements, some of which include: being in good general health, being at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent, and weighing at least 110 lbs.
Locally, the next Red Cross Blood Drive in Colleton County is scheduled for January 11, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Walterboro. This event will last from 1:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

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