By: Killian Vallieu
MUHS Yearbook Staff
How do people benefit from donating blood? They can save up to three lives by just giving an hour out of their day.
“I like giving high school students the opportunity to donate because most of the time blood drives are not in this area,” said senior Laura Allen.
At Milton-Union High School on Friday, March 26, a blood drive took place in the auditorium with around 100 students donating blood. Since the January 8 event was canceled due to a school snow day, anticipation was high for this activity to be successful. Another two-hour delay due to snow the day before spring break caused some apprehension. However, the well-organized service activity ran smoothly.
“Our turnout this year is smaller, but it is pretty significant still for a small school,” says Allen, organizer of the event for the National Honor Society.
The Community Blood Center needs 350 units for hospitals, so that’s why they promote blood drives at local high schools so that they can meet their desired quota. The Community Blood Center supplies 25 hospitals in the area with blood in 15 counties.
“Next year, I am expecting to have as many students donating blood because there has been enormous interest in the past years. I am expecting the blood drive this year to bring newcomers for next year,” states sophomore Grace Jackson.
When giving blood, the donor has the choice of giving “double red” which means that the person is giving twice as much blood, and it can save up to twice as many lives. It also gives a major advantage to the patient receiving blood so that he or she will have a better chance of not experiencing a reaction to blood. To meet the criteria for giving “double red” you must have higher iron, weigh more, and be taller than a normal blood donor. For a person just to donate blood he or she must weigh more than 110 pounds, be healthy, and 16 years old with parent consent. A person 17 years or older does not need parental consent.
Hopefully, the blood drive influenced younger students to participate so that they can save more lives. The more people involved in this life-saving event, the higher the percentage of lives saved.
Photo Credits: Killian Vallieu