HOWLAND - Wanting to complete his community service project for English class, Zachary Miner, a senior at Howland High School, was also able to sponsor a recent blood drive and help the American Red Cross when blood donations are down during the winter.
Miner hosted a basket raffle and sponsored a blood drive at Grace Fellowship Church. The idea was if someone donated blood they could be entered into the raffle for various gift baskets or prizes, including a weeklong trip to a Florida resort.
The service learning activity helps teach students about giving back to the community.
Christinia Gargas, donor recruiter for the American Red Cross, said the need for keeping blood supplies replenished is critical during the winter months when fewer people, due to cold or severe winter weather, are unable to go to blood drives.
"The bad winter weather really affects us. The need is always up at this time of the year because of the weather and because there are often more accidents on the roads. It is important that we maintain a sufficient blood supply," Gargas said.
She said the ARC tries to offer as many opportunities to donate blood in the winter and appreciates when individuals such as Miner can sponsor a drive
More than 25 people donated blood at the event.