Social Impact Initiative:
The Right Type to Save a Life: Building Blood Donation Awareness
Sophie Keeler is a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she is a finance major and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Once she has her degree, Sophie hopes to become a financial planner to assist others with preparing for their future.
Sophie’s Social Impact Initiative is called, “The Right Type to Save a Life: Building Blood Donation Awareness,” which aims to promote the facts and benefits of regular blood donation. Giving blood was once more common and considered a civic duty, something Sophie tells others about with enthusiasm because she is a Red Cross Blood Drive Ambassador. Sophie hopes to spread the word about blood donation across generations to establish a broader base of donors for the future.
As a seventeen-year dance veteran, Sophie’s talent presentation at the 2019 Miss Hastings Scholarship Competition was a jazz dance to “I’ve Got Rhythm” by Judy Garland. She has used her dance gift on dance teams, in musical theater, and as a dance marathon volunteer to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. Other talents of Sophie’s include singing as a three-time member of the Minnesota State Honors Choir and playing guitar, ukulele, and keyboard.
Sophie’s parents are Robert and Katy Keeler, and her brother is Ryan. Another beloved member of the family is their Dalmatian. When Sophie isn't at school or serving our community as Miss Hastings 2020, she loves hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Only 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood.
But only 5% of eligible donors donate.
American Red Cross