DAYTON, Ohio – Carroll High School’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 16 completed the Patriots’ first “Unity in the Community Campaign” with rival Chaminade Julienne High School. A youth movement of donors and volunteers are now ready to take lead in next year’s campaign.
Carroll and CJ are the most recent rival schools to join forces in the Unity Campaign sponsored by Universal 1 Credit Union and Community Blood Center. The schools help save lives by hosting blood drives and improve lives in the community by choosing a recipient of the $1,000 Unity Award.
Carroll’s blood drive was a strong finish for the Unity Campaign with 90 donors, 42 first-time donors and 77 donations for 113 percent of the collection goal. The combined total from the Carroll and CJ blood drives was 181 donors, 91 first-time donors and 151 donations.
CJ presented the Unity award during halftime of the Feb 11 CJ vs. Carroll basketball game. CJ was the home team and chose the “Brigid’s Path” treatment center for drug-exposed infants as this year’s recipient.
A committee of volunteers organizes Carroll’s annual fall and spring blood drives. In the 2018-2019 school year it will be Carroll’s turn to choose the Unity Award recipient.
“It will be the committee,” said CHS blood drive coordinator and faculty member Laura Wright. “This year we have a lot of freshman and sophomores working on the blood drive.”
Freshman Ryan Ballou is the young chairman of the blood drive committee. “I really think of ways to get involved in the community,” said Ryan, who started logging service hours while in grade school and volunteers during summers with a disabled children’s therapy program.
“Blood drives are good way to help in our community and our school,” he said.
“Someone told me that donating helps and I’m always willing to help people,” said first-time donor Michael Egodotaye. “When you donate blood it helps save life.”
Many of the first-time donors Friday were sophomores who became eligible to donate when they turned 16. “I know a lot of people need it,” said sophomore Katie Kiesel.
“I absolutely despise needles, I’m not a needle fan,” said sophomore Michael Gruhot. “But it seems like a good thing to do help people out.”
Senior Nathan Fitterer set an example for the underclassmen by making his fourth lifetime donation. “It’s fun to do, and I’m helping when I do it,” he said. “I like it.”