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Scout Venture Crew runs 7th Annual Council-Wide Blood Drive

Michelle Yong

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • 10:01am

Scout Venture Crew runs 7th Annual Council-Wide Blood Drive

On “Black Friday”, November 29th  Scout Venture Crew #77 (VC-77) will again lead a Council-Wide Blood Drive supported by Patriots’ Path Council – BSA, and Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Originally motivated by the story of a former Boy Scout in Tennessee that was undergoing a kidney transplant, and had to provide his own blood supply…VC-77 decided to help out. This has led to 5 previous drives, and 490 viable pints collected to date.

In fact 2011 – allowed us to secure over 100 viable pints in a single year for the first time in our history. Last year, we collected 129 viable pints!

This is important as each pint supports up to 3 people, which goes a long way in helping reduce our requirements during one of the year’s most difficult travel weekends. New Jersey is considered the worst State in the Union when it comes to the critical “need to supply” ratio.

Our goal for this year is to secure 200 viable pints.

2011 brought about another positive change and expansion of the drive. VC-77 is (again) joined by the Patriots Path Council’s Youth Executive Council (YEC) – and – Venture Crew 75 from Cranford. This year, VC-77 is joined by the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence led by VC-378 and Explorer Post 368. Here are our current locations:

  • VC-77Madison Elks Lodge #1465

192 Main Street in Madison

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • YEC

Patriots Path Headquarters

1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • VC-75

Cranford United Methodist Church

201 Lincoln Avenue in Cranford

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • VC-378 & Post 368

NJ Sharing Network

691 Central Ave in New Providence

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The eventual goal remains to have seven or more locations spanning the entire five counties supported by the Council. So, interested units can contact us.

Our Scouts have gone through several levels of training – provided without cost by the local Chapter of the American Red Cross (Colonial Crossroads), which has allowed them to positively support the technicians (also) provided by Colonial Crossroads.

 Please note that Appointments are necessary so that the Red Cross can provide enough Blood Technicians to keep the lines moving!!

Appointment Link:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

Madison Elks Sponsor Code – Madison Elks lodge

VC-77 is sponsored by the Madison Elks Lodge #1465 as a Community Service & High-Adventure Crew. They meet twice monthly – on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, and they go on four major outings each year.

For information, contact Michelle Yong, President of VC-77, at eagle70@optonline.net or 973-377-0373

 

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