Future Business Leaders of America to Create Awareness and Support Transplant Families
Students of the Souderton Area High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently hosted a bingo fundraiser to raise funds for Gift of Life Howie’s House as well as raise awareness for organ and tissue donation as part of their community service project.
The fundraiser involved several FBLA students including Jayme Barnett, whose father received a life-saving liver transplant in September 2016.
“The mission of Gift of Life is important to me, especially now since my father received a transplant that saved his life. My focus for this project was to be able to educate others on organ and tissue donor awareness and help the mission that has saved so many lives… I also wanted to support those who are going through the transplant process at the Howie’s House.”
On March 29, 2017, members of the FBLA proudly presented the $3,000 proceeds, which will benefit the Howie’s House’s Adopt-A-Family Program.
In addition, the FBLA group has established an Adopt-A-Blanket campaign where donations are collected to support materials to make blankets. With these supplies, students make warm, colorful fleece blankets for transplant patients and their families staying at the Howie’s House. To date, the group has distributed over 100 blankets to transplant families.
This project also served as their platform at the FBLA state leadership conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania in April, where the group placed 5th in the state for their community service project presentation.