Dalton High School and Dalton Middle School both hosted Blood Assurance blood drives last week with a combined total of 191 units of blood collected. Each unit can potentially save three lives, making these two Dalton Schools saving more than 500 lives last week.
Blood Assurance is the sole provider of blood and blood products to local hospitals including Hamilton Medical Center and Murray Medical Center, so these units collected will stay right here in the community and help save local lives.
Dalton Middle School hosted their blood drive on Monday, December 3 where 35 donors registered and 33 units of life-saving blood were collected. These efforts were made possible by drive coordinator Nancy Zahn, assistant principal at DMS.
The JROTC coordinated the DHS blood drive on Friday where 216 donors registered, 86 of whom were first time donors, with 147 units of life-saving blood were collected. Sergeant Major Vazquez and students Guadalupe Diaz and Selena Paniagua are the main coordinators for the blood drives at DHS and are truly the ones who make them a success. The cadets do the majority of the recruiting and promotional work prior to the drive getting students signed up to donate, and then on the day of the drive they escort students to and from from the drive.
"These donations came at a very crucial time for our community," Blood Assurance donor recruiter, Amanda Trammell explained. "Historically collections drop off during the holiday season; however, usage goes up. We are thankful to work with Ms. Zahn and Sgt. Maj. Vazquez and his cadets at this time to ensure our local hospitals have the blood they need when they need it. The impact these two Dalton Schools have made on our local community's blood supply is truly the gift of life for local patients."
About Blood Assurance
Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving 51 counties and more than 76 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, including Hamilton Medical Center and Murray Medical Center. The mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need. For more information of Blood Assurance, please visit bloodassurance.org.