Heights community blood drive collects 57 units

Jessica Bledsoe, a phlebotomist with the Indiana Blood Center, prepares Hamilton Heights senior, Cyle Marcum, for a blood donation. (Photo provided)

The Hamilton Heights High School community blood drive last Thursday resulted in 57 pints of blood registered by some 64 students, faculty, staff and members of the community who stopped in to give of themselves for a worthwhile cause. Each donation will result in multiple usable components for people in Indiana and beyond.

Hamilton Heights senior, Cyle Marcum, who has donated in the past, said he took the time to donate because it was for a good cause and a way he could help.

“If I can help people, I want to. I feel like it is my civic duty,” said Kennedy Lewis, a junior at Hamilton Heights High School and a first-time donor, when asked why she wanted to contribute.

“We deeply appreciate the efforts of the staff of the Indiana Blood Center, Heights volunteers, and all the individuals who took the time to roll up their sleeve to donate during this special blood drive,” said Deputy Brad Osswald, Hamilton Heights School Resource Officer, who organized and supervised this special blood drive.