Students, staff save up to 171 lives with donations

Students and staff at Skaneateles High School donated 57 pints of blood Thursday, March 3, at the American Red Cross Blood drive held in the gym. Students were excited to learn they had helped 171 people - maybe even saved 171 lives - by rolling up their sleeves and giving the gift of life.

Kristin Crandall of the American Red Cross told students that each blood donor may help save the lives of three people, as the blood is divided into red cells, plasma and platelets. She said one of the main goals of the high school blood drive is to develop life-long donors. Once someone gives, they are likely to keep giving.

"You are affecting so many lives by organizing this blood drive," Crandall told the students before the blood drive.

She said the goal was for Skaneateles High School to net 57 pints of blood. "Whatever we collect that day, you can multiply by three to understand the total number of people you will help."

Trent MacBain, operational supervisor with the Red Cross, said he was impressed by how well the Skaneateles High School drive was organized.

"I've been at a lot of school blood drives, and this one is unbelievably well done," he said. "It is the best as far back as I can remember." He said the helpful student volunteers "reduced my work load at least in half this morning during set up."

Karen Price, Interact Club advisor, agreed the drive went exceptionally well. She credited the "great custodial help, the supportive staff and our crew of wonderful volunteers."

She praised the Interact Club leaders who organized the event and worked it throughout the day, along with a core of other student volunteers.

"And of course it is all about the donors," she said. "We are lucky to have so many students and staff members who are willing to step forward."

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