On May 24th 2017, Herkimer High School hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross. Krissy VanHorn of the ARC was interviewed to get some more details about the program and her time involved.
Carney : How long have you been involved in American Red Cross?
VanHorn: I’ve been with ARC for 24 years.
Carney: What has made you stay for so long, and why did you choose this career?
Vanhorn: I love the mission, we help save lives. That’s a great feeling. We’re always helping people. I have never needed blood myself, but I’ve known people that needed transfusions. People have said they feel like they’ve been brought a new life, when they can finally breathe right.
Carney: Do you only stay in this area?
VanHorn: We do travel around central New York, but we originated from the Liverpool
area. Just last week we traveled to Albany, so we don’t stick to just CNY.
Carney : What advice would you give to someone who would want to take on this career path?
VanHorn: We are always meeting new people. Everyday is a new place. If you’re a person who likes constant movement and change, you might like this.
Carney: You said you’ve been here 24 years, what’s a noticeable change you’ve seen?
VanHorn: Definitely technology. We used to only use paper and now almost everything we do is on computers.
Carney: Is it easier with the new technology from when you first got into the career?
VanHorn: The computers are a help, I can say It’s definitely more proficient for us.
Carney: Lastly, what has surprised you about this career?
VanHorn: That I’d be here this long! You don’t think about that when you first start. When I got into the ARC, I never gave much thought to the amount of time I’d be here, I was always focused on present.