NYA – High school students planning blood drive

Central High School students, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, are planning a blood drive at the Central Elementary School gym from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The effort is part of a Red Cross program called "Live. Give. Life." Which seeks to engage youth to organize blood drives and recruit their peers to give blood during the summer. In addition to augmenting the blood supply over the difficult summer months, the program provides an opportunity for youth to experience social responsibility and the importance of community service.

All blood donors at this special youth blood drive will receive an ear bud code-card with a PIN number that can be entered online for a chance to win prizes.

According to the Red Cross, young donors are an important part of maintaining a proper blood supply and meeting patient needs. Approximately 20 percent of blood donations come from high school and college blood drives during the academic year, but donations from students typically drop by as much as 57 percent over the summer months.

A Red Cross press release said that all blood types are currently needed. Donors with O positive and negative, B negative and A negative blood types are encouraged to donate double red cells when possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.