KETTERING, Ohio – The trick to the “Unity in the Community” blood drive on Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31 at Fairmont High School was getting students to support two great causes. The treat was in the results.

How sweet did it get? Thursday’s blood drive totaled 209 donors, including 101 first-time donors and 157 blood donations for 99 percent of the collection goal.

The blood drive also launched the 2019-2020 “Unity in the Community” Campaign, a partnership between Alter and Fairmont High Schools, CBC, and Universal 1 Credit Union.  The schools help save lives by hosting fall blood drives and improve lives in the community by choosing a charity to receive the $1,000 Unity Award.

The Firebirds and Knights are celebrating their fifth year participating in the Unity campaign.  Last year the Alter and Fairmont blood drives totaled 225 donors, including 106 first-time donors, and resulting in 184 donations. Alter’s choice for the Unity Award was Diabetes Dayton, a diabetes support organization.

Fairmont will decide the recipient of the 2019-2020 Unity Award.

“We have not yet selected the charity and will be doing so in the next few weeks,” said Student Activities Coordinator Corey Miller, who co-chairs the blood drive with assistant Activities Coordinator Erica Rogers. Allied Health and Student Activities serve as the sponsor groups for all Fairmont blood drives. Students volunteers spread the word about the blood drive and recruit donors.  They volunteer at the blood drive and care for student donors in the Donor Café.

“We were very happy with the number of students who signed up,” said Corey. “It was bigger than our last few fall drives. We’re not sure why the numbers were higher but we’re happy about it! We’re hoping for an even bigger spring drive.”

Alter will host its Unity blood drive on Nov. 14.  The charity chosen by Fairmont will receive the Universal 1 Credit Union $1,000 Unity Award during a halftime presentation at the Alter-Fairmont basketball game.

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