WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio – The 2017 West Carrollton-Miamisburg High School “Unity in the Community” blood drive campaign came full circle Friday, Dec. 8 in the West Carrollton gym. At halftime of their basketball game the rivals presented a $1,000 Unity award to the Care House Child Advocacy Center.
The 2017 Unity campaign marked the fourth year the two schools have joined forces 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 MHS and WCHS Unity blood drives totaled 241 donors and 191 donations. That support included 160 first-time donors.
It was the Miamisburg Student Government’s year to name the Unity award recipient. The students chose their favorite charity, the Care House Child Advocacy Center for victims of abuse and neglect.
“They’ve kind of adopted Care House and made a connection,” said Julie Bruns from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, who represented Care House with Jennie Cole from Montgomery County Children Services.
“The kids enjoy doing it. This helps Care House provide anything from interviews to medical care to therapy.”
Last year West Carrollton named the BOGG Ministry for the 2016 Unity Award and chose the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter in 2014.
“The two communities work together,” said Miamisburg Principal Craig Morris. “We’re rivals, but I think it’s a good cause for all of us to support. Out students are helping people and families with this project. Most schools preach caring and responsibility for others and this shows it.”
Unity in Community award presentation to Care House Child Advocacy Center: WCHS Student Council members Jada Brown, Shelby Wolf, Kora Mattingly, WCHS Principal Craig Myers, WCHS blood drive coordinator PJ Babb; Miamisburg Student Government members Mackenzie Frantz, Gabrielle Gilkison, Kylie Miller, MHS Principal Craig Morris, MHS blood drive coordinator Jenny Brockert; Mary Cook, Universal 1 Credit Union; Care House representatives Julie Bruns, Montgomery Co. Prosecutor’s Office & Jennie Cole, Montgomery Co. Children Services.