Urbana High senior Erinn Sanders organized a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Urbana Fire Hall on Aug. 22 that drew 22 people and resulted in 18 pints of blood donated. “It was a good turnout,” Sanders said.
The Urbana blood drive was set up to help others. While about 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood, only 10 percent actually do so. Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used in this country each day.
Tenia Gillard, who worked the blood drive, understands personally the importance of donating blood. When her father had kidney failure, she donated blood every time her father needed it until he passed away. Then her aunt became sick with cancer and also needed blood donations.
This drive was part of the American Red Cross’ Leaders Save Lives program, which encourages high school students to coordinate a blood drive while school is out of session. Through the program, students are given the opportunity to win a scholarship, gain leadership experience, and win a gift card award.