Our second blood drive of the year is in the books! On February 25, we had 62 students and faculty who donated blood. According to the American Red Cross, blood is needed every two seconds, only 38 percent of the country’s population is able to donate blood and a single donation can save up to three lives – therefore these students and staff helped save 186 lives. As the student representative of the blood drive, my committee, Mrs. Price, and I put a lot of time and effort working with the OneBlood organization to make this a successful drive and I think our goal was accomplished.
We planned for this drive to be different than the last one, we had an inside set up that allowed for students and teachers to leave there belongings inside while they were donating on the bus. The room was also stocked with snacks, pizza, t-shirts, cookie coupons, and drinks for students and staff who donated. After speaking with Maya Mills, a senior who donated blood, she had nothing but positive things to say about her experience with the staff and the whole donation process.
“I was a little nervous going in to it but the staff made it really easy and made me feel safe and in a comfortable environment,” said Maya. Overall, everyone was made to feel comfortable donating and volunteering during the day. The donors felt good about being able to donate, knowing that their time and effort may have helped save a life or three.
Thank you to everyone who donated and the volunteers who helped make this drive run so smoothly. As the saying goes, “It was a beautiful day to save lives!”