KDES Sponsors Random Acts of Kindness Blood Drive
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) hosts two "Random Acts of Kindness Blood Drives" each year, one in October and one in May. At this year's May 21 drive, 15 people successfully donated. Each donor gives one pint of blood, which in turn can help save three people's lives.
Two KDES teachers, Beth Hall and Alyssa Terry, discussed with their students what it means to give blood. On the day of the drive, the teachers and students went to see the Red Cross event in the gymnasium. "There were two women who were giving blood--Heidi [Zornes] and Charlene [Ward]. The students saw how an IV was used to draw out the blood. They were fascinated about the blood coming out of the arm into the bag. We learned that each bag can save three lives," said Hall. "In a group counseling session the following Monday with Heidi, the students reviewed what they remembered from the blood drive. They drew their thoughts and feelings on paper. Some drew a symbol of the Red Cross by coloring the cross in red. Some drew people with IV from their arm to a red bag. Some drew cars going to the hospital. It was a great discussion for them."
Heidi Zornes, KDES school counselor, coordinates the Random Acts of Kindness Drives. "I am a regular blood donor. I donate about every six months. I have been coordinating these blood drives since 2005. It's in my nature to help people. Donating blood is an easy way to help others, and it only takes about 15 minutes! I want thank all the people who donated and the Red Cross staff for their support and assistance with our drive."
The American Red Cross provides schools, businesses, and community organizations with all the support materials they need to run a drive. The Coordinator Tool Kit shows how to arrange publicity, recruit donors, and set up the donation site. On the day of the drive, the Red Cross comes to the site with all the necessary equipment and supplies.
If your school or organization would like to sponsor a blood drive, visit the Red Cross website.