Community: Eagle project collects 57 pints of blood

More than 50 pints of blood were collected when Boy Scout Liam Huber coordinated a blood drive with the American Red Cross last month in the auditorium at Dunsmore Elementary School.

The 16-year-old La Crescenta resident chose the challenge for his Eagle Scout project, the highest honor in Scouting.

Fifty-four people gave blood, said Liam, who is a junior at Crescenta Valley High School. He is a member of Troop 319, which is part of the Verdugo Hills Council of Boy Scouts of America.

“We collected 57 pints of blood in total,” Liam said, adding that three donors used the Alyx machine, which counts for two donations.

“I had 18 fellow Scouts volunteer to help run the drive, in addition to parents and three volunteers who came with the Red Cross,” he said.

While the drive was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Liam arrived at the school auditorium at 8 a.m. and didn't leave until 6 p.m.

“I learned how these things work and how to get a lot of people to come together, and there is always something that doesn't work out, but you get through it as smoothly as you can and end up helping people,” he said.


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