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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

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


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