MERNA—Local 4-H students are giving back and encourage everyone to donate at the American Red Cross blood drive this Thursday (April 19). The Four Corners 4-H Club and Red Cross will be hosting the blood drive, held at the Anselmo-Merna School Activities Building from 1-7 p.m.
“It has been moved to the Anselmo-Merna school in the activities building. And the address for our school is 750 North Conway Street in Merna, Nebraska. And it’s in the activities building so it’s not the big gym but as we from Merna call it, the little gym,” BaiLee McMillan said.
Anselmo-Merna student BaiLee McMillan says the drive was originally scheduled for the community center but has been moved to the activities building. Donors are encouraged to follow the signs which will direct them. McMillan says the whole process takes about an hour but the actual donating blood portion lasts about 10 minutes.
McMillan is also the president of the Four Corners 4-H Club. The club meets every fourth Sunday at 4 p.m. and meetings consist of a demonstration, speech, activity, games, and refreshments. To learn more about the Four Corners Club, call BaiLee at 308-749-2317 or contact the Custer County Extension Office.
The club will be serving sloppy joes to all donors between 4 and 7 p.m.
“Our Four Corners 4-H Club, the 4-H Club that I’m involved in, will be serving a sloppy joe supper from 4 o’clock to 7 o’clock to all the donors that come and donate. Then we’ll also have snacks and some juice and stuff throughout the whole thing,” McMillan said.
Head out to Merna to help save lives by donating blood this Thursday. McMillan reminds donors who are 16 years old to have a parental consent form.
“We’d love to come and see some new donors there and eat some sloppy joes, because we make some pretty good food in Merna,” McMillan said. “I would just like to thank the Anselmo-Merna school administration for allowing us to have it at the activities building. It was kind of a last minute decision. I really enjoy their cooperation and thank them for allowing us to do this on Thursday at such short notice,” McMillan said.