Pottstown Blood Donations Helped Save 200-Plus Lives
POTTSTOWN PA – Two recent blood donation drives at community events conducted by students and staff members of the Pottstown School District helped collect more than 70 units of blood and, by extension, may have helped save more than 200 lives, district Director of Community Relations John Armato reported Saturday (Nov. 16, 2013).
The Pottstown CARES event held last month (October 2013) and its community days and scheduled clean-up events were venues in which the district’s partner, the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, collected 20 pints of blood from volunteer donors at The Hill School in Pottstown, and another 51 units at Pottstown High School. Each unit of donated blood has the potential to save three lives, the blood bank’s Carol Graves told Armato.
“Every two seconds in America someone needs a blood transfusion,” Graves explained. All blood donated during the events is “utilized right here in Pottstown to help save lives.”
Pottstown High students played an active role in the program, according to Armato. Members of its student government organized and promoted events, while health occupations students assisted technicians in collecting donated blood.
“The drive was a great success,” said health occupations teacher Michaela Johnson, adding “I’m so proud of the students who took part.” Miller-Keystone workers “pointed out that our students were great to work with. They volunteered their time and were able to help others while gaining knowledge of how a health care team works.”
“I had fun and enjoyed helping at the blood drive,” health occupations student Ashli Sinclair agreed. “It made me feel good to know I was helping others.” Classmate Jasmine Maldonado felt she too “was able to make a difference, knowing that I was doing something that will help save lives.”
Student government advisor Mark Agnew noted the blood collections represented “a tremendous experience for our students. Organizing, promoting, and facilitating … gives our students real life experiences and a sense of accomplishment in playing a role in our community.”
Photos from Pottstown High School