Jeff Hagstrom

Jeff Hagstrom, a teacher at South Burlington High School, gives blood during the Student Council’s annual blood drive.

The South Burlington High School (SBHS) Student Council hosts its annual blood drive Friday, Feb. 15. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be held in the SBHS gymnasium. According to the American Red Cross (ARC), donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.

According to Student Council Adviser Philip Galiga, the drive also helps provide scholarships for SBHS seniors pursuing higher education. The more pints collected, the more money the Red Cross donates. The initiative is part of the ARC Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program.

“You may not think that recent snow storms and the government shutdown have much in common. But both have taken a toll on the blood supply, adding to the emergency need for blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross,” said Mary Brant, ARC external communications manager in Manchester, N.H.

Register to give blood at the SBHS drive by visiting the Red Cross at www.redcrossblood.org and using the code “Wolves.” Walk-ins are also encouraged.

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