Local blood drive goes beyond blood donations


On Saturday, the American Red Cross of the Greater Alleghenies held their annual Lifesavers Ball. This year, they aimed to have 63 pints of blood donated.

"It goes a long way, just that little bit will go a long way," said Kristyn Amendola, who donates blood regularly.

According to the American Red Cross, one pint of blood can potentially save up to three lives. Amendola donates in honor of her niece, Ashley, who had cancer when she was just a little girl.

Blood drives like the Lifesavers Ball helped save Ashley's life.

"She's doing good right now. She's going to graduate high school, and she's doing perfect," said Amendola.

But donating blood wasn't the only thing happening at the Lifesavers Ball. For several years, they've partnered with the Johnstown Cinderella Project.

For 13 years, the organization has given high school girls prom dresses, shoes and accessories for free. People stopped by at the Lifesavers Ball on Saturday to donate.

"We don't want any girl to have that experience, that they feel like they can't be a part of something that special. A lot of girls come to us and tell us they wouldn't be able to attend without this kind of help," said Megan Livingston, founder of the Johnstown Cinderella Project.

Livingston said that as many as 150 dresses have been donated at the event in the past. On March 10 and 17, the organization will hold their try-on events so girls can find their dream dress for prom.

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