Blood drive Thursday at Scotland

Scotland Elementary School will be sponsoring Connecticut’s second student-run blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Students, who have worked to both educate and recruit potential donors, will act as ambassadors for the drive, escorting people to their seats, handing out snacks and juice, and entertaining the children of the donors while they wait.

The “Little Doctors” program makes children aware of the importance of donating blood and how to approach people about becoming blood donors. It also creates a familiar, accessible location for the Ridgefield community.

According to the New York Blood Center, which is responsible for sponsoring this drive, only 2% of the eligible population donates blood each year, which is somewhat attributed to people not knowing where to go to donate.

“The blood drive was created by Karen Brothers, who is a teacher in New York who wanted her elementary-aged students to experience the responsibility and pride that is associated with collecting blood that saves lives,” said Cheryl Osher, a fifth grade teacher at Scotland. “One pint and an hour of your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.”

People who are interested in donating must be between the ages of 16 (with permission from a parent) and 75, may not have traveled outside the country in the past year, and must weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health at the time of donation. They may arrive at Scotland Elementary School at 111 Barlow Mountain Road between the hours of 4 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, to donate.

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