CHEERS to Catie Maye, a Moriah Central School student who is organizing local blood drives. The 18-year-old is in the Allied Health Program at CV-TEC in Mineville and has helped at other blood drives, with guidance from Allied Health teacher Dawn Rainey. She decided to start planning other events of her own.
“I really want to make awareness in blood donations and the shortages there are with this bad weather,” Catie explained when contacted by the Press-Republican. “We have had a bunch of blood drives have been canceled. We are in need of O neg and B neg blood. ... I want to get as many people as I can; I want to fill all my spots.”
Why step up when some people might figure it was someone else’s problem?
“I just want to make a difference and be a leader and be a good role model,” the National Honor Society student told us.
Catie herself is a blood donor. “I donate as much as I can; I try for every 56 days.
“I really want to make a difference in our community and change the way people look at giving blood,” said the teen, who is also the president of Skills USA.
People can support her efforts by showing up at the next blood drive, scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Patrick’s Church in Port Henry. You can call Catie at (802) 324-7372 to make an appointment, or walk-ins are welcome.
Catie’s parents are Richard and Teresa Maye of Moriah, who certainly must be proud of their daughter. It’s great to see a person her age show such leadership in community service.
JEERS to motorists who don’t fully clean off the snow and ice on their vehicles. First, your own visibility can be blocked when your windows aren’t cleared, which puts you and others at risk. Secondly, ice can fly off as you drive down the road, striking other vehicles or even pedestrians.
In Pennsylvania, where a woman was killed when a sheet of ice flew off the top of a tractor-trailer and smashed through the windshield of her car, completely cleaning off all vehicles is required by law. Similar legislation was just enacted in Connecticut.
But don’t wait for possible fines before making clearing off your car a habit. It’s a matter of safety — for you and others — regardless of this year’s considerable ice and snow.
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