Troop 440 Eagle Scout candidate organizes blood drive and health fair

| 22 Feb 2012 | 02:01

Effort results in 37 pints of blood Monroe - After months of organizing, Troop 440 Life Scout Michael Rallo held his Eagle Scout Project at American Legion Post #488 in Monroe. On Sept. 24th, Michael held a blood drive with the Community Blood Services of New Jersey and New York. Forty-three donors registered; 37 pints of blood were collected. Following collection, the blood is divided into red blood cells and plasma, giving the blood collected the potential to save 74 lives. The following day, Sept. 25, Michael held a health fair, also at American Legion Post #488, with the assistance of Danielle Moser of the Orange County Department of Health. Approximately 10 vendors attended, including: Orange Regional Medical Center Healthy Heart Program, which conducted cholesterol testing. Nutritional Basics of Central Valley, which conducted nutrition body scans. The Orange County Department of Health. The Brain Injury Association of New York State. The Alzheimer’s Association. The Anita Kaufmann Foundation which is involved in seizure education. The Orange County Bike Club. The American Cancer Society. Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick and Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Michael would like to thank all the vendors, volunteers and guests who supported him at this event. Both events were very successful and Michael is now excited to prepare the paperwork required for Eagle Scout and hopefully become obtain one of Scouting’s highest honors. The young man also acknowledged with gratitude all the donors, volunteers and all who assisted him and helped make it a success, including Community Blood Services and American Legion Post #488.