WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio – West Carrollton High School answered the Universal 1 Credit Union “Unity in the Community” challenge by hosting a campus blood drive Friday, Dec. 2 and naming Bogg (“Because of God’s Grace”) Ministries to receive the $1,000 Unity award.
The “Unity in the Community” campaign is a partnership between Community Blood Center, Universal 1 Credit Union, and Miamisburg and West Carrollton High Schools. Universal 1 donates $500 to each school for hosting a fall blood drive. The rival schools combine the awards and present $1,000 to a charity.
WCHS students supported Friday’s Unity blood drive with 87 donors, including 61 first-time donors and 72 donations for 113 percent of the collection goal. The combined West Carrollton and Miamisburg Unity blood drives resulted in 245 donor registrations, 183 first-time donors, and 195 blood donations.
Last year the MHS Student Government chose a favorite cause, the Montgomery County CARE House Child Advocacy Center, to receive the Unity award. This year WCHS Student Body President Shea Shelton said they are excited to discover a new charity to support in Bogg Ministries.
“It’s grown into a lot of communities, some in Miamisburg and some in West Carrollton,” said Shea. “So it serves the people we help with blood donations and gives back to help families in our communities.”
Bogg is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and other essentials to people in Miamisburg and the greater Dayton area. Bogg began in 2010 and has gone from feeding four families a week to more than 1,500 people a month. Learn more at www.thebogg.org.
“It’s a new organization for us that we weren’t familiar with until some Student Council members brought it up,” said Student Council advisor and blood drive coordinator P.J. Babb. “They’re serving West Carrollton and the Dayton area so it fits. It benefits both.”
The check presentation to Bogg Ministries will take place at West Carrollton’s Feb. 7 home basketball game again against Miamisburg.
Students were happy to support Bogg and the blood drive. “I’ve never donated before and I wanted to find out what it was like,” said senior Chris Maxwell “It’s quick and easy.”
Chris joined classmates Mohammed Ismail and Leann Smith as they gathered to support senior Alivia Rains as she made her first donation. “She texted me and said, ‘Come over and hold my hand, I’m so scared!’” said Mohammed. “They just love me!” said Alivia.
First-time donor Avery Clarkston said he came to donate “because they need healthy blood and I’m pretty healthy.” Junior Abbey Peen, also a first-time donor, said, “I want to go into the medical field. I love children and I want to be a neo-natal nurse.”
Among the newcomers was Dean Mason, who qualified for CBC’s Red Cord Honor program with his third lifetime donation. “I just feel it’s something I should do,” said Dean.