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Red Cross Scholarship to Vidalia Girl
Wednesday, 20 October 2010

October 20--  Two hard-working students were named the winners of the American Red Cross summer scholarship program, BloodStock. Tori Davis, a senior at Spalding High School in Griffin, Ga., is the winner of the $2,000 scholarship. Hillary Thompson, of Vidalia and currently attending Darton College in Albany, Ga., is the winner of the $1,000 scholarship.

From May 1 through August 31, local high school and college students were encouraged to set up blood drives to help offset the decrease in summer blood donations.  Participants whose blood drives collected at least 50 units of blood were eligible for a $2,000 college scholarship.  Those who reached a goal of 35 units of blood were eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship.


Hillary gives blood at an American Red Cross Blood Drive in Vidalia.

Thompson’s BloodStock blood drive was held at Walmart in Vidalia, Ga.  Hosting the blood drive was about more than just winning a scholarship for her; it was personal.  Her mother is anemic and had to receive a blood transfusion, an event that Thompson said had a major impact on her life.

“I wanted to be able to help people like her and make sure that there is always enough blood for everyone that needs it for any reason,” said Thompson.  “There are so many people out there who want to donate blood because they have had an experience with needing blood or know someone who has had a transfusion.  I think that everyone that is able to donate blood should at least try it once.”

Every summer there is a dramatic decrease in blood donations, not only due to regular donors leaving for vacation but also because blood drives are not held at schools during summer break. The Red Cross obtains more than 20 percent of its blood donations from high school and college blood drives and has serious blood shortages whenever school is out.

While donations decline during the summer, the need for blood donations is constant. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. 

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about giving blood or platelets or to schedule an appointment to donate.


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