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Be a hero: It’s in your blood ALEXA HIGBEE CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG According to American Red Cross, approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the United States every day. Conway High School’s Future Teachers of America (FTA) pitched in and helped alleviate the strain of getting blood donations. On Monday, November 6th, Christen Wilson and the FTA members hosted a blood drive at the Conway High School. The members talked to each junior and senior that attends Conway in hopes of encouraging them to donate blood. The team’s laborious effort and hard work was a great success. They had a total of 45 people register and 36 people who were able to donate. “It was my first time ever donating blood, but it definitely won’t be my last. I was a pleasure giving back and helping those who need it,” said Conway junior Delanie Legan. “I was glad to save a life. It’s what I’m here for,” stated Conway senior Janessa Jensen. “I donated because I wanted to help others,” said senior Amy Daniel. “Although it was scary at first, it was certainly
Emily Calton donates blood at a recent blood drive at Conway High School sponsored by the student council. fulfilling after ard. All 36 people who donated gave a total of one pint each. After giving blood, it takes your body about 4-6 weeks to fully recover from the transaction. Since your body isn’t used to the amount of
blood being drawn, it over works in order to regain what has been lost, this occurrence causes your body to lose calories. For every pint donated the body burns 650 calories. Not only does donating blood help you burn
calories, but it allows you to save a life and get free a t-shirt. “I got a call saying I had saved a life because someone used my donation. Knowing that my donation saved someone’s life and actually made a
difference meant so much to me and made it all worth it,” said Conway senior Brody Bilyeu. Conway’s FTA thanks all those who donated and encourages those who didn’t to jump on board when FFA has their annu-
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al blood drive on Jan. 8. The people receiving the donation are not the only ones benefitting. veryone who donates and gets the call that they have saved a life gains happiness and a sense of heroism that will never be forgotten.
A SPOOKtacular event for four local children JESSICA RIZOR CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG
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The Luallin family poses for a picture in Phillipsburg.
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On Oct. 21, four children in the Luallin family had a chance to forget about their special health needs and have a fun-filled day dedicated especially to them. William who is blind, Sam who has a congenital heart problem, ekiel ho has illiam’s yn drome, and Maggie who after having a brain tumor is now cancer free, have all been adopted by ark and u anne uallin of on way. All four of the children were born in various parts of China. The Walmart Heart Program is a program that was created in Texas by the semi-truck drivers of Walmart. The program is for kids with special needs or an illness and the purpose is so the children can have a day where they can forget about their illness and just have fun.
Harvey Kinsley, a member of the Walmart Heart Program, said, “The reason we hold events like this one is because we just love the kids, and it’s just not fair that some children have to go through what they go through.” The event for the Luallins started when the children got to ride in the tractor trailers in a convoy from Redmon’s Candy Factory in Phillipsburg to Walmart in Lebanon. On the side of the trailers were pictures of the Luallin kids taped onto the truck with tape the color that their illness is represented by. In time, the Luallin children’s pictures will be printed onto the trailer of the Walmart Heart semi permanently. The children each received their own honorary truck driver ’s outfit to wear proudly. When they arrived at Walmart, the truck drivers held a party for the four children that was
Halloween themed. The Walmart employees all dressed up in costumes and i a soda and cake were all provided. The Luallin kids received a new trampoline and a Leap Pad as gifts from this event. A balloon release also happened at the event and attached to the balloons were labels that had the names of the children and their illness. u anne uallin mother of the children, said, “This event was a huge blessing to my entire family. Our kids have been so blessed to be supported by our ama ing community. ur neigh bors, friends and teachers have helped us raise these guys. We feel beyond blessed to live in the town. Again we would just like to thank the community and all the support that we receive on a daily basis from people. We truly could not do it without the support of others.”
Published on Dec 12, 2017