Laurel Oaks Career Center senior Annie Osborn of Wilmington has won $1,000 for college tuition in the 2020 Community Blood Center/Vectren, A CenterPoint Energy Company Lead The Way Scholarship competition.
Annie called her campaign “Wrapped In Compassion” and designed a blanket or small towel as a donor gift. She illustrated it with a blood drop and the slogan “Blanket Someone in Love – Donate Blood.”
“To most people, blankets and towels symbolize warmth, care, and providence,” said Annie. “Blankets and towels comfort people when they are sick, and they provide reassurance in difficult times. This is similar to what blood donation does for others.
“When people put others before themselves, they exhibit those qualities of warmth and care. Blood donors show compassion to strangers. Blood donors humble themselves enough to provide for those in great need. Donations do save lives.
“So, my greatest hope is that people see this campaign and correspond blankets and towels to compassion. And then when they see the compassion shown to them, they will show compassion to others, specifically through blood donation. The Community Blood Center is about more than just donating blood. It’s about being a Good Samaritan and giving the greatest gift: life.”
Annie plans to attend Liberty University.
How to donate
Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically.
Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 (800) 388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 23 hospitals and health centers within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys.
For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, visit www.givingblood.org.