All semester, a group of high school students enrolled in the Community Service intensive studies (aka vertical block) class have been working to make the world a better place. Sprout Creek Farm, the Children’s Home in Poughkeepsie, Habitat for Humanity and our own campus have all benefitted.
For their last endeavor, they want to help people who are most likely strangers to us, and whose names we will never know. To do so, they need our assistance.
These students are organizing a blood drive at PDS on December 17 from 8am to 2pm in our gym.
For the rest of the information, I’ll turn the space over to these students, who write as guest bloggers about this cause they’ve committed to. Please donate if you can, and spread the word to folks in the Poughkeepsie area who may be able to participate.
The New York Blood Center is one of the largest non-profit blood collection agencies in New York State. One of their functions is to help outside groups of people to organize and host blood drives. We are working with this organization to host our own blood drive on December 17th. The drive will be held in the Poughkeepsie Day School gym from 8:00AM until 2:00PM, and it will be open to the entire community of Poughkeepsie. Every year 4.5 million Americans receive blood transfusions, and this blood must be clean and healthy, and the donor must not compromise their personal heath in the process. In order to ensure this, there are certain restrictions for those hoping to donate, including an age restriction of 16 or older, and a minimum weight of 110 pounds. The full list can be viewed at this link.
The New York Blood Center has been a lifesaving organization for 50 years, and they supply blood to over 200 hospitals throughout New York City, New Jersey, The Hudson Valley, Long Island, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. The blood that they collect helps save the lives of cancer and surgery patients, hemophiliacs, burn victims, AIDS patients, as well as many other hospitalized members of our communities.
The Community Service Class