Schroon Lake The Schroon Lake Central School chapter of the National Honor Society wants to make a difference.
That’s why the group is planning an American Red Cross blood drive 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the auditorium of Schroon Lake Central School.
“We’re sponsoring the blood drive because we want to become an active member in the Schroon Lake community,” said Mitchell Beers, an honor society member. “We’re trying to up our game and sponsor more events for charity and education. Our hope is through sponsoring projects such as the blood drive we can incorporate our community and our school in a positive experience that helps others.”
People interested in donating at the blood drive can make an appointment by contacting Beers at Mitchell.firstname.lastname@example.org or 791-8176.
The Schroon Lake blood drive has taken on added significance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The storm has forced the cancellation of approximately 300 American Red Cross blood drives in 14 states along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,000 units of blood and platelet donations. More blood drives are being canceled as a result of power outages, making the shortfall even greater.
Nationwide, about 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
Beers said Schroon Lake students have an ambitious goal for their blood drive.
“We hope to collect 65 units of blood, about a pint each, and if we end up collecting more it would be great,” he said. “The drive is to support the more than 44,000 people that need blood transfusions, as well as empower our community to help.”