Blood Drive Saves Lives

Blood Drive Saves Lives

Maluba Mudundulu (12) donates blood during the StuCo/Red Cross Club Blood Drive in the West Gym on Jan. 23, 2015. Photo By Sam Stuefer

Maluba Mudundulu (12) donates blood during the StuCo/Red Cross Club Blood Drive in the West Gym on Jan. 23, 2015. Photo By Sam Stuefer

Lincoln High students and staff donated over 60 pints of blood on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 to the Lincoln Community Blood Bank as part of a blood drive sponsored by Student Council and Red Cross Club.

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank comes to LHS three times a school year to let students, age 17 or over with parents permission, give blood.

“They pick it up about two or three times a day and bring it back to the Blood Bank,” LHS alum and blood bank volunteer Gary Herr said. Many tests are run on the blood before it is ever stored in the refrigerator Herr went on to say.

But what exactly will the blood be used for?  Many diseases and life threatening situations call for a transfusion of blood. For example, someone may get into a car crash where they get drastically injured and lose a lot of blood. Donated blood could also be used for the victim to help them “refill” on their loss of blood.

“One pint of blood could save up to three people’s lives,” Herr said.

Though donating for such a great cause should make you feel wonderful emotionally, you may not feel as good physically. “It was good until I got done,” junior Meosha Wallace said. “I passed out.” She went on to say that she did not eat that morning, which is crucial when it comes to donating that much blood. You can become light headed from a lack of nutrients in the body.

If you are interested in donating outside of school, you can always go to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank and donate there.

Contact Information for the Lincoln Community Blood Bank
Phone number: (877) 486-9414
Locations and operating hours
100 North 84th Street
Sunday – CLOSED
Monday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1631 Pine Lake Road
Sunday – CLOSED
Monday  – CLOSED
Tuesday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 4900 N. 26th Street
Sunday – CLOSED
Monday  – CLOSED
Tuesday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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