February 28, 2020

FAIRBORN, Ohio - It took a unified effort by Fairborn High School, student donors and DECA club volunteers to overcome a two-hour weather delay Thursday, Feb. 27 and achieve 105 percent of goal at the 2020 "Unity in Community" blood drive.

Fairborn and neighboring Stebbins High have taken part in the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Credit Union "Unity in the Community" campaign since 2018.  The rivals each host a CBC blood drive and alternate choosing a local charity for the $1,000 Unity Award sponsored by Universal 1. 

Slippery road conditions Thursday morning didn't cancel classes or the Unity blood drive, but it did force a two-hour delay. CBC staff and DECA volunteers got the blood drive up and running soon after school opened, but it still meant rescheduling or cancelling the first hour of appointments.

Laura McCabe teaches Fairborn's two-year marketing program, advises the DECA business club, and coordinates the blood drive.  She huddled over her laptop with DECA volunteers Autumn Shaver and Grace Akers and scurried back and forth between the check-in desk and the CBC registration table.

"They did a great getting started," said Laura. "We were able to reschedule some. We had a lot of students saying, 'Am I going to be able to donate?' They were very excited, which I think is great."

Senior Karen Floyd was in the car, ready to leave for school when she heard about the weather delay. "I thought, I guess I'll just go back inside!" she said. When she did arrive at school, it was just in time to donate.

The blood drive totaled 54 donors, including 42 first-time donors.  Karen was one of them. "I thought it would hurt a little bit," she said, "but it didn't hurt at all."

First-time donor Marlon Sexton said his sister is a donor and "I thought I might as well do it too." First-time donors Autumn Lynn and Neveah Newcomb are both interested in health careers.

"I'm in the bio-med class," said Autumn. "I could get experience in medicine, plus I'm helping."

"I've always wanted to do this," said Neveah. "I was nervous, but I want to be a nurse."

Senior Nathaniel Page was happy to make his first lifetime donation at the Unity blood drive but would not have complained about a full snow day. "I was hoping!" he said. "I like to sleep a lot. But I don't mind!"

Stebbins High will complete the Unity Campaign with a Unity blood drive on March 3. Fairborn will choose the 2020 Unity Award recipient and the presentation will take place at next season's Fairborn-Stebbins basketball game.