The Collinsville High School Blood Drive on September 25, 2018 was the best single day blood drive in the St. Louis/Metro East area served by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
According to MVRBC Donor Relations Consultant Kevin Lashley, CHS collected 181 units of blood — beating the blood drive goal by 15 units.
“This is amazing and will prove to be huge in the replenishment of the blood supply in our local hospitals, possibly saving as many as 543 lives,” said Lashley.
“A huge thank you and congratulations to the donors of Collinsville High School for their display of courage and generosity in an effort to support their community,” he added, “Although Collinsville is not the largest school that we work with at MVRBC, CHS is the best single day blood drive that we have in the St. Louis/Metro-East area, and this is a huge accomplishment.”
The annual CHS blood drive is coordinated by teacher Nurse Sherry Modeer and students in the Collinsville Area Vocational Center Clincal Health Occupations program. The Health Occupations students help organize the event and work alongside MVRBC staff to collect blood and assist donors.
CHS students and staff who meet blood donation requirements give blood during the school day.
“None of this would be possible without support from Sherry and the hard work of the HOSA group in the education and recruitment of donors,” said Lashley. “Thank you, for your dedication to the blood center. We would also like to extend a gracious thank you to the administration for recognizing the importance of blood drives and allowing us to come and give the students the opportunity to give back to their community.”
“It was great seeing some of the administration team stop by the drive to check it out. I hope they were as impressed by their students as we were. Getting to see the diverse group of students that make up Collinsville High School having the opportunity to unite, for the great cause that is saving lives, is beautiful!”