Today is our Van Wert community's United Way Day of Caring. Loads of Vantage Career Center students are helping at the Salvation Army's annual food drive, held this year in our bus barn at Vantage. Others are serving food and registering blood donors at the American Red Cross blood drive at Trinity Friends Church nearby. Throughout the community other random and planned acts of kindness occur, but these two events have significant impact for months to come.
As an added bonus for students getting in up to their elbows in service work today, the American Red Cross counts the pints of blood donated today from our Vantage students and staff, and awards a student scholarship. Many of our Health Technology seniors vie for this scholarship award as they look toward college after graduation. The more pints donated by Vantage during this school year increase the amount of the scholarship!
A lot of work behind the scenes, by several employers and schools in the county, is evident at the end of the Day of Caring. The Salvation Army's goal was to receive 40,000 food items, all of which are being sorted, stacked, loaded on pallets to fill their food pantry. We'll have a final count next week, but our own students and staff raised $1900 and bought as many cases of vegetables and other helpful food and hygiene items as possible for today's collection.
Over 77 high school students at Vantage gave blood today at the blood drive, many for the first time--and hopefully building a habit for their lifetime. It feels good to care. Vantage is glad to support the United Way Day of Caring in Van Wert County. Today Matters.