Collins Intermediate School holds blood drive in honor of Chattanooga bus crash victims

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Lisa Evett was at Erlanger Hospital visiting a neighbor the day of the tragic wreck.

"I had actually took a wrong turn at the hospital and walked down to the emergency room and could actually see the ambulances bringing the children in from the bus crash," said Lisa.

Everyone was in a somber mood, all the way down to the firefighters who rode in the trucks with the children. She said it was one of the most emotional things she'd seen.

"I could see a little bit of their hurt. You could tell that they were very upset."

Lisa was incredibly troubled on her way home and immediately felt the need to get something done.

"I've worked with children for right at 14 years and been blessed with two of my own, so I knew I just couldn't imagine."

Pairing with the school system and Blood Assurance, she organized a blood drive. Their goal for the day was to have at least 30 people donate. Giving blood was just one little thing they could do to make a huge impact

"It doesn't take just an accident or anything," said Lisa.  "It's different kinds of sickness that we all may face from time to time and that blood needs to be replenished. It's especially low during the holiday seasons."

This is the perfect time of the year for giving, and Lisa said she appreciates the school and community for all of their support.