FLOWER MOUND, Texas (May 27, 2014) — Making the world a better place is part of the mission of girl scouting. On May 31 and June 1, local Troop 8869 is putting those words into action by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive to raise awareness of rare blood disorders and the ongoing need for blood. The drive is in honor of Chandra Gardner, the mother of one of the scouts, who is fighting severe aplastic anemia.
“Scouting is all about girls helping others and working in their community,” said Margo Brooks, Troop 8869 leader. “The blood drive is a great way to help one of our own and draw attention to the need for blood. It’s been a wonderful learning experience for our troop.”
Scouts in Troop 8869 are all 12 and 13 years old. The troop, led by Brooks, has been together for seven years. Along with helping to save lives from the blood collected during the blood drive, the girls will earn the silver award for their efforts. It’s the highest award given to Cadettes.
Girl Scout Troop 8869 in Honor of Chandra Gardner Blood Drive
May 31 and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Settlers Elementary School, 2525 Old Settlers Road, Flower Mound
Blood products are used to help treat traumatic accident victims, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant recipients and premature babies, among others. On a normal day, someone in the U.S. needs blood about every two seconds. Because blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, the supply must constantly be replenished.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.