WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio – West Carrollton High School seniors forged a lasting bond with rival Miamisburg High when they completed their “Unity in the Community” blood drive Friday, Dec. 1. It marked the fourth year the two schools have joined forces in the Unity campaign to save lives through blood donations and improve lives through charity.
“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between West Carrollton and Miamisburg High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union. Universal 1 awards $500 to each high school for holding fall blood drives. The schools combine the awards and take turns designating a charity to receive the $1,000 gift.
The West Carrollton blood drive totaled 82 donors, including 54 first-time donors and 67 donations for 108 percent of the collection goal. Miamisburg held a Unity Blood Drive on Nov. 17. The schools combined for 241 donors, 160 first-time donors and 191 donations in the 2017 Unity Campaign.
This is Miamisburg’s year to choose the recipient of the Unity award. The Miamisburg Student Government continued support for its favorite charity, the Care House of Dayton community advocacy center for victims of abuse and neglect.
The rivals will present the $1,000 award to Care House at the Friday, Dec. 8 Miamisburg vs. West Carrollton basketball game in the West Carrollton gym.
Last year West Carrollton named the BOGG Ministry for the 2016 Unity Award and chose the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter in 2014.
“We have a whole cycle of students who have now done this every year,” said WCHS blood drive coordinator and Student Council Advisor P.J. Babb. “This is my 18th blood drive here, so we’re used to doing the blood drives. This is an added component and a good partnership with Miamisburg. We have a good working relationship.”
“I know sometimes our school does come out to do something when we make it a competition,” said Michelle Hwang, a senior who made her first donation Friday. “It’s a pride thing. But so many of our kids know so many of their kids, and to do something that is beneficial to others together is cool.”
Senior Caden Fergison made his first lifetime donation and said, “I decided it was a good time to help save lives.”
“I just turned 16 a week ago,” said sophomore Katie Shockey, who made her first lifetime donation after just learning about the Unity campaign. “I always wanted to do it. My dad donates. I’ve always seen him do it and know if you can help someone it’s a good thing.”