On Dec. 21, Ringgold Elementary hosted a blood and marrow donor drive to benefit Jaiden Patten, a 3rd grader recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoma Leukemia.
"We were very pleased with the drive overall, and the willingness of the donors to share this lifesaving gift," Blood Assurance representative Nikkita Edwards said. "We very much appreciate your efforts during this crucial time. Twenty-six donors registered, five donors were deferred, and 20 units were collected. We also registered seven first-time donors."
Rhonda Moore, from Be the Match, was on hand to register 22 potential bone marrow and stem cell donors.
"We have such a generous community; the RES family never ceases to step up for a cause to help others," said Ringgold Elementary Drive Coordinator and teacher, Deanna Baker, "Every person who donated, tried to donate, and/or registered with Be the Match should be commended for their selfless willingness to show love by giving life."
The Ringgold Kiwanis Club visited Ringgold Elementary in early December and after enjoying a delicious breakfast, club members welcomed the holidays in with an outstanding performance by the Ringgold Singers. The club is a long-time, dedicated partnerwith RES and works to support its students, staff and community. To help in those efforts, the Kiwanians presented RES with a donation of $500.