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Edison Band, Red Cross Team up for Blood Drive

The Edison High School Marching Band will host the first of two biannual blood drives on Nov. 22.

   The band is teaming up with the American Red Cross and school and community members may attend from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Band Director Marc Sansone said his students will man various stations and guide donors through the process while Red Cross medical personnel will coordinate the actual collection.

   “Our goal is usually around 35 units,” he said, adding that it was part of the Red Cross’s Thanks for Giving campaign commemorate the holiday season.

    Donors may download the app from the American Red Cross website and utilize the Rapid Pass to save time on registering at the high school. Walk-ins are also accepted and donors must be at least 16 years old and in good health to participate. A second blood drive will be coordinated in the spring and Sansone said the events are a community service, while the Red Cross will provide scholarships to a graduating member. A $1,000 contribution was previously given to benefit three students, with one $500 award and two $250 scholarships presented to seniors.

   For more information, go online to www.redcross.org or email marc.sansone@edisonwildcats.org.