Hurricane relief is just one good reason to give blood this month
On Saturday, September 9, Seacoast Career School’s Sanford campus hosted its first annual Red Cross Blood Drive. The students set the goal high to schedule 25 appointments, and reached their goal. “This means over 77 people will benefit from the blood that was donated,” says Campus Director Jennifer R. Marchese.
With the recent hurricane disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the need for blood is at an all-time high—while the available blood supply at an all-time low. Red Cross officials have made it clear they are in urgent need of blood donations, as they respond to wildfires and historic hurricanes across the country. One of the reasons for the depleted reserves is that hurricanes of this severity forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Houston area and the Southeastern U.S., resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected donations. However, hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions at the same rates, and volunteer blood donors are the only source for blood products that hospital patients need. All blood types are currently needed.
September was National Preparedness Month—and participating in blood drives, either as an organizer, a volunteer, or a donor, is one way to help ensure the Red Cross can respond to emergencies across the country. Seacoast Sanford students made a difference with their dedication to this event. “It’s not everyday you save a life, but here at Seacoast Career School, we try to make each and every day count,” Marchese says, “not only with the education that takes place behind these doors, but also by sharing our efforts, so someone in need will have a tomorrow.”
The campus would also like to offer a big “thank you” to the Southern Maine Cheer Katz, who came and spent the day on campus on the 9th performing dance routines, cheers, and tumbling. This competitive group is open to young people ages 3–18. “They are an amazing group of energetic and talented young ladies,” Marchese says, “and we would love to have them come back again soon!” Seacoast Sanford also extends its gratitude to all the students and staff for their participation, the donors for their time and generosity, and the local businesses that made donations. The effort would not have been possible with all community members playing their part.
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