Girl Scouts holding blood drive in hopes of earning Silver Award

efarlow@macon.comJune 26, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- After hearing about how low the blood supply at the Red Cross is, three Girl Scouts decided to host a blood drive to earn their Silver Award, the second highest award given to Cadette Girl Scouts.

Sydney Basti, Ellie Brooks and Melanie Hughes are holding a blood drive Friday from 2-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins. Their goal is 100 blood donors.

“We’re changing lives by making a lasting effect,” said Melanie’s mother, Dawn Hughes.

Those two things are part of the purpose of the Silver Award.

The girls have learned a lot in preparation for their blood drive.

Sydney said they learned that Georgia does not have enough blood in the event of a crisis, and certain blood types are rarer than others. The girls also learned about the importance of donating blood.

They even got to take a tour of the Red Cross in Douglasville to see how blood is processed after a blood drive.

Sydney said visiting the blood processing center was her favorite part.

“It was cool to see where the blood went (after a blood drive),” she said.

Dawn Hughes said the experience changed their lives forever.

“This little Georgia office has so little blood,” she said. “Why can’t you give a little to save a life?”

The girls also have learned public relations work, finances and budgeting, and public speaking.

They’ve also had to work to get sponsors.

Some of the organizations sponsoring the blood drive are Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Chik-fil-A, State Farm and Houston Lake Country Club.

“We’ve had such a huge outpouring from the community,” said Dawn Hughes.

The girls and their families plan to keep supporting the Red Cross after the blood drive.

“It’s no longer about girls earning their Silver Awards,” said Dawn Hughes. “It’s taken on a whole new level.”

On the day of the event, Sydney said she and the other two Girl Scouts are not allowed to help draw blood. But they will be there signing in people, handing out cookies and helping parents who bring children.

To register for the event, visit, click on the link that says “enter sponsor code,” and enter the code silver3. Or, call Jen Basti, Sydney’s mom, at 301-655-4571. The Girl Scouts ask that those who register bring a “blood buddy,” to help them reach their 100-person goal. The group is optimistic about meeting this goal.

“I think these girls are going to be well over 100,” Jen Basti said.

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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