Red Cross sets blood drives at Cloudland, Valley Forge elementary schools

The students at Cloudland and Valley Forge Elementary schools may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are life-saving heroes.
   In addition, they are helping the adults in their lives become these special heroes.
   Valley Forge Elementary School will hold a blood drive Thursday from 2:30-7 p.m. Cloudland Elementary School will hold a blood drive Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. The students will act as recruiters, signing up their parents and other relatives, as well as other adults, to donate blood.
   "Participating in a blood drive is a wonderful way for our students to become aware of community responsibility and develop an attitude of helping others here in our community, as well as across the USA," said Sherrie Greenwell, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross.
   Prior to the drive, students will receive special instruction about blood and the need for a safe and adequate blood supply. Students will then receive special training on how to "recruit" donors.
   Students will be recruiting donors who are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are in general good health. Each donor will spend approximately an hour at the drive with the actual donation taking about 10 minutes. During the visit, donors will go through a registration process and professional Red Cross staff members will take a brief health history; check blood pressure, pulse and temperature; and test the iron content of every donor's blood. Refreshments will be provided to all donors at the end of the donation process.
   For more information about the Cloudland Elementary blood drive, call 772-5310. For more information about the Valley Forge Elementary blood drive, call 547-4085.
   First Baptist Church, Mountain City, will hold a blood drive on Friday from 1:30-6 p.m.