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A MISSION OF CARING AT MIAMISBURG UNITY BLOOD DRIVE - SENIORS CELEBRATE 4TH YEAR OF UNITY IN COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN

November 20, 2017

MIAMISBURG, Ohio - The season of giving is off to a very strong start at Miamisburg High School.  Students gave blood Friday, Nov. 17 at the fourth annual "Unity in the Community Blood Drive" and announced continued support for Care House, the school's favorite charity, as recipient of the $1,000 Unity award.   

"Unity in the Community" is a partnership between Miamisburg and West Carrollton High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Universal 1 awards $500 to each high school for holding fall blood drives. The schools combine the awards and take turns designating a charity to receive the $1,000 gift.

This year the Miamisburg Student Government continued the now four-year tradition of supporting Care House of Dayton community advocacy center for victims of abuse and neglect.   They will present the $1,000 award to Care House at the Dec. 8 Miamisburg vs. West Carrollton basketball game.

"We visit Care House and that's been a part of it," said Student Government advisor and blood drive coordinator Jenny Brockert. "They're really interested in it because of the work we've done fundraising for it.  It really ties it all together for the younger students when they go to the basketball game and see the check presentation.  The next year they are connected with it."

"I've been there three times now," said Senior Class President Mackenzie Frantz, who volunteered with fellow Student Government members at Friday's Unity Blood Drive, checking in students and serving refreshments in the Donor Café. "It looks like a giant playhouse. For the little kids going through tough times, it's much more comfortable than a police station. It's very welcoming."

The students gave strong support to the Unity Blood Drive, totaling 159 donors, including 106 first-time donors and 124 donations for 106 percent of the collection goal.  West Carrollton High School will complete the Unity Campaign with a campus blood drive on Dec. 1.

Seniors like Morgan Espelage have been part of the Unity Campaign all through all four years of high school. "I like doing it and helping out," she said after making her fourth lifetime blood donation.

Sophomore Darin Gridley made his first lifetime donation Friday.  The Unity Campaign is new to Darin but it fits with his decision to donate. "I felt like doing something nice for other people," he said.