William Penn students attempt largest school blood drive in the region

Blood-DriveWilliam Penn students attempt largest school blood drive in the region 

On Wednesday, February 26 students and staff from William Penn High School (713 East Basin Road in New Castle, DE) hope to continue their record-breaking streak by holding the largest one-day high school blood drive on Delmarva for the eighth year in a row.  The blood drive will run from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

Last year, there were 169 donors drawn at the annual February drive. This year’s schedule allows for 250 appointments throughout the day and the school is hoping to fill as many as possible.

“We are grateful to all of the high schools and colleges that participate in our school blood drive program. William Penn High School has always been successful in recruiting student donors and reminding them why it is important to give blood,” said Kelly Sakiewicz, School Program Coordinator at Blood Bank of Delmarva. “We hope that all of the students who participate have a great, first-time experience and continue to give blood regularly. We are hoping to build a foundation that grows into dedicated life savers for years to come.”

Last year, from September 2012 to May 2013, 75 high schools and 11 colleges throughout Delmarva hosted a 136 blood drives resulting in 8,162 blood donors drawn.

The School Blood Drive Program provides 11% of the blood supply on Delmarva.  The program started in 1984 with just 140 donations at two schools.

About Blood Bank of Delmarva

Blood Bank of Delmarva is a non-profit, community service program that provides blood for the 16 hospitals in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  More than 350 blood donors are needed every day to meet the needs of patients at those hospitals.

For more information about the Blood Bank or to request an appointment to give blood, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org, call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or download the free app on your iPhone or Android.