Blood Drive Returns To LHS: Students/Staff Keep Giving

Blood Drive Returns To LHS: Students/Staff Keep Giving

By Sammi Yelkin Students at Lincoln High got yet again another chance to donate their blood to people in need. Some students signed up beforehand for a certain time. Others stopped by during passing periods and filled in the open slots. Teachers could donate blood as well. Over 100 people signed up and 115 people

Jordan Barrientos (12) donates blood during the Winter Blood Drive at LHS in the West Gym. The drive collected 75 pints from 115 donors. Photo by Sammi Yelkin

By Sammi Yelkin

Students at Lincoln High got yet again another chance to donate their blood to people in need. Some students signed up beforehand for a certain time. Others stopped by during passing periods and filled in the open slots. Teachers could donate blood as well. Over 100 people signed up and 115 people showed up. With those 115 people, 75 pints of blood was collected to give to the Community Blood Bank.

Also, some students were nervous to donate blood because they didn’t like needles. It was really nerve racking for the students who were doing it for their first time, like junior Emily Gasper. “I was nervous about doing it, but it’s good because it saves peoples lives,” Gasper said.

After students were done donating they were given juice, cookies and other snacks. The food and juice was given to students afterward to re-energize their body. Students donated a pint of blood and when you lose a pint of blood your body could possibly have a reaction to that. Also, one of the volunteers that was working there, Gregory Herr, said, “Every time you give a pint of blood, you have the opportunity to save 3 lives.” All the blood, in the end, goes to the Community Blood Bank and is given to the people who need it.

Student Council and the Red Cross Club organized the drive. A couple of the students in StuCo expressed their opinions about the blood drive. Sophomore Landon Beard thought the drive was “amazing.””

“The Blood Drive is a great thing to have here, because people can go and give blood, and they can know that they are saving someone’s life. They can also feel good about themselves,” Beard said.

Freshman Anie Bista said, “I like it because it gives younger people a chance to give blood and help out in the community even though they can’t do it by themselves.”

There was also another Blood Drive earlier this school year in September.

Most people afterward were expected to feel bad, but when the students were asked afterward most replied that they felt fine. “I feel pretty dang good!” senior Jordan Barrientos said. He added, “That’s what gets me through the day is knowing that I helped save someone’s life. Someone out there in the world, their life is saved. Because without me that one person could not be here today.”

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