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Regency Beauty Institute and the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive that drew donations from students, staff and guests along with community members from nearby businesses. The beauty school’s Fairview Heights, IL campus saved 39 lives during a blood drive earlier this year, according to campus manager Stephenie H.

During the four-hour long drive, students dressed up in red tutus to turn the event into a donation party and get everyone excited about saving lives.

According to the American Red Cross, “the number one reason donors say they give blood is because they ‘want to help others,’” which fits perfectly with the Regency students’ desire to give back.

The idea for the drive was inspired by a guest speaker who shared how donating plasma and blood can save lives. For many students, this was their first time donating.

“[The students] decided they wanted give of themselves versus raising money,” Stephenie said.

The students also gave back to the guests who were willing to donate. The guests received an extra incentive, a coupon for services as a way to treat themselves. Nearly 30 people showed up to donate, support the Red Cross and give back alongside our students!

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