YOUR MISS HASTINGS
Your Miss Hastings 2020
Social Impact Initiative:
The Right Type to Save a Life:
Building Blood Donation Awareness
Sophie Keeler is a junior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Always one to serve others, Sophie's finance major and biology minor have a study emphasis on becoming a physician's assistant. An additional part of her education this year includes her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician to enhance her skill set.
Sophie's Social Impact Initiative is called, "The Right Type to Save a Life: Building Blood Donation Awareness," which promotes the facts and benefits of regular blood and plasma donation. Giving blood has regained some status as a civic duty because of the urgent need for convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19. Sophie eagerly tells others about it because she is a Red Cross Blood Drive Ambassador! Advocating blood donation to establish a broader base of donors across each generation is a goal she knows will benefit everyone in the future. That's why Sophie is passionate about it!
As a nineteen-year dance veteran, Sophie has used her gift with 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. Other beloved members of her family are Piper, their Dalmatian, and Lucy, the Jackapoo (a Jack Russell and poodle mix). When Sophie isn't at school or serving our community as Miss Hastings 2020, she enjoys 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