Local Boy Scout hosts blood drive

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Eagle Scout is the highest honor in Boy Scouts of America, and only an estimated four percent of scouts earn that designation.

One local Boy Scout is hoping to become a part of that prestigious group.

High school senior Michael Jones organized a blood drive with the American Red Cross so that he can add to his list of badges and ultimately become an Eagle Scout.

"With all of the crisis going on in the world, I feel like everybody needs blood and what's a better place than right here in my own community," Jones said.

But putting the blood drive together wasn't easy, Jones has been a scout for over a decade and there is a lot of pressure to become a part of the distinct group of scouts who earn the highest status.

"Relief, because it's been a long time coming and a lot of work," says Troop Leader Aldo Campbell.

Jones has always been an overachiever. A few years ago, he sold enough popcorn to send his entire troop to camp!

You can bet his parents are proud.

"People have come out to support him and help him further his life along. I think it's awesome," says Michael Jones, his father.

With an attitude of service and leadership, Jones rallied more than 40 donors.

"It takes a village to raise a child," his mother Nikki Bowles said. "With all of the support he's gotten, it makes my heart so full and happy and joyful".

"It's fun and I'm glad to see it in the process happen. It's amazing," said Jones.

Jones says he plans to take what he's learned onto college and plans to continue to give back.