On January 16th, the Elgin FFA held a blood drive at the new K-12 building from 8am-1pm. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. The Healthy Lifestyles FFA Committee recognized this need and held a 2nd blood drive this year. FFA members scheduled donors and publicized the event to aid in its success. The Healthy Lifestyles Committee strives to promote health and wellness in individuals, groups, and communities.
According to the American Red Cross, between Jan. 2 and Jan. 11, 2014, the winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 320 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 9,300 blood and platelet donations. Under normal circumstances, a donor can give blood every 56 days. Donors must be at least 16 years of age with parent permission.