Young Americans Christian School's annual blood drive in memory of 9/11 collected enough blood to potentially save 123 lives.
The blood drive took place at the school on Wednesday, September 11. YACS broke their past record of 30 donations as 41 students and parents gave blood this year.
Each donation of blood can potentially save three lives. Blood donations are given to people who are in need such as cancer victims, burn victims and trauma patients.
"I am extremely proud of our students, parents, and members of the school community who were willing to participate in such a worthy cause to help others and reflect upon 9/11," said YACS Administrator Dr. David Taylor.
"Giving blood is giving a piece of yourself," said Jill Osborne who is the Regional Manager of Life South Community Blood Centers. Life South provides blood to local hospitals in the area such as Newton Medical Hospital. "We rely on our wonderful community partners like Young Americans Christian School to meet the needs of our community hospitals. We are beyond thrilled with the donations the school had," she said.
The school plans to have another Blood Drive in March and hopes to meet or exceed their number of donations.
The blood drive was started four years ago by a student named Corley Davis in her junior year and has continued since. Corley is now a student at Georgia State but her example of leadership continues on every year to the students and the community.