Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cricket and Blood Center team up for drive

FRANKLIN — Cricket and the Community Blood Center are asking some local students to be a hero.
In a traveling blood drive called "Donors Rock," high school students can give a little and get a free T-shirt. On March 25, the blood drive, named after the popular Guitar Hero and Rockband videogames, is coming to Franklin High School.
Cricket has joined the Community Blood Center for a third year in making this blood drive both fun and educational, providing incentives for students who donate. Once students donate, they'll receive a "Donors Rock Hero Tour" concert-style T-shirt as a thank you for helping to save lives.
Last year, the drive had more than 10,000 registered donors.
"Each year this blood drive continues to grow, and the success is especially exciting because the students are not only participating in a great community service, they're also learning," said Sher Patrick, marketing manager for Community Blood Center. "For most participants, it's the first time they've ever donated blood, and we hope they will become lifelong donors."
More than 100 high schools in 15 counties will be participating in this program, including Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren counties in Ohio, and Randolph, Wayne and Union Counties in Indiana.
High school donors must be at least 17 years old – or 16 years old with signed parental consent form – weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Parental consent forms for 16-year-old donors are available online at givingblood.org or from a Community Blood Center representative.
Parental consent is not required by law for 17-year olds; however, individual high schools may require parental consent for all student blood donors.
Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past Community Blood Center donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.

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