The Miamisburg and West Carrollton basketball teams won’t battle on the court until January, but a special celebration of their rivalry is already underway. The “Unity in Communities” campaign tipped off Friday, Nov. 21 with a Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive at Miamisburg High School. Universal 1 Credit Union is challenging the schools to help save lives with blood donations, and to help improve the lives of neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. Universal 1 will award $500 to each school for completing a CBC blood drive. (West Carrollton’s blood drive will be Dec. 15). The schools will then combine the awards and present a $1,000 check to a local charity at the Jan. 23, 2015 Miamisburg-West Carrollton basketball game.
As host of the January rival game, the WCHS Student Government Association gets to choose a recipient from the West Carrollton community. They have elected to make the $1,000 donation to St. Vincent de Paul. The MHS Student Government will choose the 2016 recipient.
“This is a good way for us to work with West Carrollton and do something for the community together to give back,” said MHS Student Government advisor and blood drive coordinator Jenny Brokert. Miamisburg traditionally hosts a fall CBC blood drive, but this is the first time it has been connected to the Unity in the Communities campaign. The combined goal of the rival blood drives is to collect more than 200 donations to help save the lives of patients in need.
Thanks to the MHS Vikings, the Unity in the Communities campaign is off to a fast start. Friday’s blood drive registered 141 students, including 87 first-time donors, and collected 106 donations for 98 percent of goal. “We’ve had people on a waiting list and we’ve been able to get everyone in,” said Student Body President Connor Pease as she checked in students coming to the blood drive. “We always have a big crowd at the basketball games. I’m friends with West Carrollton Student Government President Ali Fisher and we definitely like to challenge each other!”
Student Government sponsors the MHS blood drive and members volunteer to serve students in the Donor Café. “It’s been going really well,” said Senior Class Lt. Governor Anna Flores. “We’ve had a waiting list!”
Many of the student donors found out about the Unity in the Communities campaign when they arrived for their appointments and saw the colorful campaign posters at the entrance to the MHS gym. Student Government volunteer Megan Schmidt handed CBC’s high school Hunger Games themed “What Will You ConTribute?” t-shirt to junior Rylie Park, who had just made her first lifetime donation.
The latest Hunger games movie installment, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” opened on the same day as the blood drive. “I’ve read all three of the books,” said Megan. “I like to read them before I see the movie, and I will definitely go tonight!” Student donors were happy to get the free t-shirt, but were especially pleased to know their donation also supported the Unity in the Communities campaign. “I think it’s a nice thing,” said senior Kaelynn Rearick, who made her 2nd lifetime donation while listening to tunes on her iPhone. “It’s a rivalry and we usually win! But it’s a nice thing we can do together.”