Red Cross blood drive honors memory of late Hobart woman

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Published on May 09, 2018 with No Comments

The cities of Hobart and Hammond are joining together for a friendly competition to pay tribute to award-winning educator and community activist Nancy Snider. The community is invited to give blood with the American Red Cross in memory of Snider Thursday, May 10 at Jean Shepherd Community Center in Hammond, Wednesday, May 16 at Hobart High School in Hobart or Wednesday, and May 23 at Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond Campus.

Snider died from brain cancer after a 14-month illness in May 2014. A native of Hobart and a teacher and school principal in Hammond, Snider received many awards and recognitions during her career in education, including the 2005 Indiana Elementary School Principal of the Year. Snider was loved and respected by students, parents and staff alike. She thrived on making a difference in her students’ lives and inspired many to give back to their community.

This is the fourth year the memorial challenge has been held, with the first three years resulting in 910 blood donations. Organizers hope this year the Red Cross will collect the 1,000th donation made in Snider’s name.

“Participating in this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to remember Nancy Snider and honor her legacy of giving to the community,” said Lori Caputo, recruitment manager for the Red Cross.

Individuals can also make a financial donation toward scholarships in the name of Nancy Snider. Last year, $5,500 in scholarship dollars were earned by the Hobart and Hammond School Corporations for college bound scholars.

The Nancy Snider Memorial Challenge is sponsored by the Nancy Snider Memorial Fund, the City of Hammond, the City of Hobart, School City of Hobart and Superintendent Peggy Buffington, School City of Hammond and Superintendent Dr. Walter J. Watkins, and the Hammond Education Foundation.

To schedule s blood donation appointment, visit  www.RedCrossBlood,org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), The sponsor code is nancysnider

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