While many students were enjoying a holiday break from school this winter, Danny Williamson of Mount Gilead was planning to help save lives by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. The Mount Gilead High School senior earned a $1,000 scholarship as a result of his efforts.
As part of the Red Cross Leaders Save Lives program, Williamson hosted a blood drive at the Mount Gilead Church of Christ on Jan. 3. The blood drive was successful, bringing in 25 blood donations, exactly meeting its goal. As a result, Williamson was entered to win a college scholarship and was chosen as a winner.
Williamson, who plans to attend college after he graduates high school, found the experience of hosting a blood drive rewarding and educational. “I gained a feeling of pride and accomplishment knowing that people would be helped from this blood drive,” he said. “Giving blood can help save lives. It doesn’t hurt and you’re doing a good thing when you give.”
Registration is now available for the summer 2017 program, which will award scholarships to 10 student participants. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.