MIAMISBURG, Ohio – Rivals Miamisburg and West Carrollton High Schools are joining forces again to help others during the season of giving. Their fifth annual “Unity in the Community” campaign got underway Nov. 16 with the Miamisburg High Unity Blood Drive.
“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between Miamisburg and West Carrollton High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union. The schools host fall blood drives and jointly present a $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1 to a designated charity.
Miamisburg and West Carrollton launched the first Unity Campaign in 2014. Now eight schools are taking part. The 2018-2019 campaign is off to a strong support. Miamisburg’s Unity Blood Drive totaled 193 donors, a 21 increase over last year. First-time donors numbered 126, an 18 percent increase.
“We enjoy this event every year,” said Miamisburg Student Government advisor and blood drive coordinator Jenny Brockert. “Being able to give back to the community with the blood drive as well as a financial donation makes it more than worthwhile!”
“I’ve had family members that received blood,” said Samuel Southerland, a senior who made his second lifetime donation. “I wanted to give back. West Carrollton and Miamisburg are close communities. I think it is great that we are working together to give back to the community.”
The schools alternate designating the charity to receive the Unity Award. Last year the Miamisburg Student Government continued the tradition of supporting Care House of Dayton community advocacy center for victims of abuse and neglect.
West Carrollton will choose this year’s Unity Award recipient and make the presentation during halftime of the Dec. 11 Miamisburg-West Carrollton basketball game.
“This is an excellent way to help people in need,” said Student Body President Joi Dean.
“It is so awesome to help save lives and make money for other organizations in the community,” said Keala McCurry.
“This was my first donation,” said senior Josie Osborne. “I wanted to save a life. “
West Carrollton High School will host its Unity Blood Drive on Dec 13.