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Student Hosts Blood Drive For Scholarship

Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend. 

 

Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.

 

Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson. 

 

“If I get 30 donors, I receive $250 towards college,” Davidson said. “If I get 50 donors, I receive $500”

 

Davidson expressed her thanks to all of the people who came out to donate, and she hopes to hold another one in the future.

 

She previously held a blood drive, for her 16th birthday in August last year, and plans to hold another one for her birthday this year. 

 

“I hope to also hold more blood drives next year, when I will be a senior, to make some money for college,” Davidson said.

 

Once she is in college, Davidson aspires to study to become an athletic trainer and then go into physical therapy. Her interest in this field was sparked from being involved in sports her whole life.

 

Due to all of the snowstorms, many blood drives had to be cancelled, according to Davidson’s mother, Mindy Davidson. “Because of all of the cancellations, there is a great need for donations,” she said.

 

In order to find people to participate in her blood drive, Davidson created fliers that she handed out in school. She also put the information on social media, various email lists, as well as put advertisements in The Levittown Tribune.

 

Long Island Blood Services brought a bloodmobile, located in the parking lot behind the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, which was where the donors had their blood taken.

 

John Theissen Children’s Foundation helps sponsor children in need whose families are experiencing financial hardships, especially during the holiday seasons.

 

”During Christmastime, they donate tons and tons of toys to give to local hospitals and children in need,” explained Davidson. “If children are cancer patients, or have a bad family life, they hold parties here. They also collect books and school supplies to give away.”

 

Just like the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, Davidson enjoys helping people in need. “I know if I ever needed blood I would want someone to donate it to me,” she said. “People don’t realize how great of a need it is.”


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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