Washington County 4-H Blood Drive Exceeds Goal!

Elite Team Blood Drive

The Washington County 4-H ELITE Project Team hosted the first 4-H sponsored blood drive on the evening of December 14 and exceeded their goal.  The group of high school students was led by chairman Bailey Rees, member of the Green Acres 4-H Club, who worked closely with the Mississippi Value Regional Blood Center to coordinate the drive for the Washington community. 
 
The goal was to collect 12 pints of blood and they ended the drive with 20.  Those 20 units can improve lives of up to 80 patients and their families both in Washington County and the surrounding region.  There were eight first time donors “which is critically important to the continued sustainability of the community blood drive supply,” explained blood center consultant Chris Ciasto. 
 
“Coordinating the blood drive was an incredible learning experience for me personally,” shared Rees.  “I learned a lot about communicating through email and phone calls. I had no idea how much went into preparing a blood drive like this one, but I am so glad I got to be a part of it!”
 
This blood drive seems to fit perfectly with what 4-H is about.  4-H prides itself on teaching and providing opportunities for youth and families to experience giving and service and 4-H members pledge their health to better living. 

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