Red Cross:Recruiting New Volunteers

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 03/23 2014 06:42PM

Updated 03/25 2014 06:22PM

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y.- Between homework, part time jobs, or extracurricular activities, high school students are pretty busy.  But Emily Mitchell, a senior at Tupper Lake High School added another item to her to-do list: planning a blood drive.

“I'm always looking for ways to give back and this was like an easy but it’s also really important that people give blood,” said Emily.

Emily is planning the drive as a way to earn money for college.

But Allen and Elizabeth Trombley say it's also a great way to get young people interested in volunteering.

“They are the future of everything,” said Allen.

The Trombley’s have spent decades volunteering with the Red Cross.

“One of the reasons you give back quite frankly is because it makes you feel good,” said Elizabeth.

But they say many donors and volunteers are baby boomers like themselves.

“Us older people we're going to die out sooner or later and there has to be people who are going to take over,” said Allen.

So Allen says they've been working with the Red Cross to recruit a new generation to step forward and help out.

“It would be great to see some new blood, and maybe it will become a habit for them too like it has for my wife and I,” said Allen.

So Allen contacted the local high school to see if anyone was interested in organizing a blood drive.
And Emily stepped up to the plate.

“She will recruit donors face to face in school, in the community, hang posters, and basically at the end of the blood drive day as long as she collects a certain number of units, she will gain the scholarship,” said Jill Ballou, with the Red Cross.

And Emily's done just that. She's planned the blood drive from start to finish. She set herself a goal of 40 pints and has encouraged friends and family to donate blood.

“It’s pretty easy, and its painless basically, and all you have to do is give not even an hour and you can save someone's life, literally,” said Emily.

Emily says next year when she goes off to college she hopes to continue to volunteer with the Red Cross.

But for now her focus remains on the blood drive she's planning in Tupper Lake on Thursday, from 12-6 p.m. at the Golf Nelson Library

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