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18 November 2007
Blood Drive: Fall 2007
St. Louis High School
The main purpose of the blood drive at St. Louis High School was to create a new set of donors to add to the donor base and to teach students how to run a blood drive. The Great Lakes Red Cross division helped get things going by teaching Mr. Allen's Anatomy & Physiology class how to set up a blood drive and how one works. After being informed, Mr. Allen's class did all of the grunt work necessary to get things ready for the day of the drive. The students quickly realized there was a lot of work involved in reserving equipment and requesting donations. On the day of the drive there were 87 donors, but only 60 that were able to donate. With all of the food donors coming through with their donations, it really made the blood drive a success at St.
Louis High School.
The American Red Cross is a generous organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principals of the International Red Cross Movement that started in the late 1800's. The Federal Charter states that the Red Cross is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization. Its seven fundamental principles are: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. Its mission guides the organization to provide relief to victims of disasters and to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
In 1863, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement was established in Geneva, Switzerland due to the efforts of Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant. Dunant's writings inspired the First Geneva Convention where delegates from twelve countries signed the Treaty of Geneva to protect the wounded during...