Newport High School has been recognized by the American Red Cross as one of its Premier Blood Partners for 2019, a prestigious honor, for its support of the community and national blood supply.
Last year, Newport High helped the Red Cross collect blood donations as part of its deep-rooted commitment to help save lives of patients facing illnesses and injuries in this community and across the country.
For the past two years, the drives have been organized by 12th-grade student, Alanna Fanning-Cannon. She says the reason she likes giving back is, “I love organizing blood drives because it is for a good cause. One of the main reasons why I’m so determined is because about 5 years ago my father almost died due to blood loss. Thankfully generous people donated to the Red Cross allowing them to give my father the blood he needed.”
Students at NHS host three blood drives per year and raise more than 100 pints per year.
Newport High is proud to be a part of the Red Cross mission that helps ensure lifesaving blood is available for hospital patients in need. Lincoln County School District shares that same humanitarian value to help our neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to host blood drives that will do just that here in our community.
Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, according to the Red Cross.