Molly Burke is a senior at South Burlington High School. Photo by Amy Guidice.

Molly Burke is a senior at South Burlington High School. Photo by Amy Guidice.

My name is Molly Burke, and for my senior year project, I choose to lead a team of high school students who are organizing South Burlington’s Best EVER Community Blood Drive.

We are the “Bloodtastic Rebels”

We are only students and that makes us unique. To go along with our demographic, we chose a unique team name to draw people’s attention, “Bloodtastic Rebels.” Our team started meeting in September – and we haven’t stopped since. We have reached out to the local businesses for prizes, found locations to present our mission, and further organized the drive itself. Because of our unique approach, we end up with a very different donating experience. Our blood drive has a theme, decorations, music, and raffle prizes. Are you excited? Join us on January 26, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m. at Saint John Vianney Parish Center off of Hinesburg Road in South Burlington

The Yellow Brick Road to Blood Donations

The Bloodtastic Rebels chose “The Wizard of Oz” as our event theme. When you arrive, you will be immersed into Oz, greeted with your sign in form and a lollipop from the Lollipop Gild. While donating, Bloodtastic Rebels dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” will give you the support you need, such as water and a snack. If you are lucky, an hourly raffle might draw the chair in which you are donating, earning you a prize from a local business.

Throughout the entire experience, you can sing along to music from the classic movie as well as old 30s and 40s music. We believe that donating is so important that why can’t it be fun while you give an incredible gift?

“Everyone has a story connected to blood”

12363169_1491491854491406_1128430365515312716_oThroughout the process, I have chosen to go to social media to promote our blood drive. On our Facebook page, we post reminders about the blood drive, info on how to sign up, and businesses sponsoring us.

In addition, we are featuring a “56 Reasons in 56 Days” campaign to count down to our blood drive. Since December 1, a community member has been featured with their reason to donate blood. It’s personal and their stories hit home. I have had the experience of interviewing every one of the featured donors. Some have given short answers, but some have given personal stories, highlighting the importance of blood. Everyone has a story connected with blood. Even my classmates have some special reason they donate.

Overall, the first thing that pops into a donors head when I ask, “Why donate?” is “It saves lives.” Everyone knows that it saves lives, but everyone has had different specific experiences when donated blood has affected them.

12371106_1491790467794878_7718945641152626056_oSign Up to Donate Blood at Our Blood Drive!

Our drive will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m. at Saint John Vianney Parish Center off of Hinesburg Road in South Burlington.

We ask that you support us by either donating yourself or spreading the word.

Molly Burke is a senior at South Burlington High School.

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