Arsenal Technical High School Army JROTC Cadets Partner with American Red Cross to Save Lives


Story by: LTC (R) Ryan Core
Photos by: LTC (R) Ryan Core and MSG (R) Douglas Robbins

Shedding Blood for Their Fellow American: Arsenal Technical High School Army JROTC Cadets Partner with American Red Cross to Save Lives

Indianapolis, Indiana — In an inspiring display of compassion and community spirit, members of the Arsenal Technical High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program joined forces with the American Red Cross on Friday, August 25th, 2023, to donate blood for those in need. Located in a low-income area of Indianapolis, Indiana, these exceptional students demonstrated their commitment to making a difference.

Donating
Spirits are high!

To be eligible to donate blood, individuals must be at least 16 years old. This requirement meant that approximately two-thirds of the dedicated Army JROTC Cadets were unable to donate, but that didn’t deter their enthusiasm. Those who couldn’t give blood stepped up to assist with event logistics, including set-up, intake, cleaning, and tear-down. Out of the 48 people who arrived to donate, these remarkable cadets provided a total of 33 units of blood, a contribution that has the potential to save nearly 100 lives. It’s important to note that the blood donated in this community event stays within the local area, ensuring that it directly benefits those in need.

Reception
The Arsenal Tech High School soccer coach smiles with two of her players who are also Army JROTC Cadets working the reception station.

The American Red Cross estimates that someone in the United States requires blood every two seconds, and the state of Indiana has a daily demand for approximately 500 units of blood. This act of generosity by Arsenal Technical High School’s Army JROTC encapsulates the spirit of camaraderie and selflessness that drives these young individuals to take action and make a positive impact on their community.

Our recruiter from the US Marine Corps joined in our mission!
Our recruiter from the US Marine Corps joined in our mission!

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