Blood Drive Thursday was successful

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Bryce giving blood at the Red Cross blood drive this Thursday.

Celie Kreilkamp, Staff Writer

Blood donation is incredibly valuable in the United States: it is estimated that around 32,000 pints are used every single day for blood transfusions. According to the World Health Organization, blood can only be stored for a limited time, so it’s especially important that units are constantly available to save the life of someone who needs them.

On Feb. 20, the Red Cross Blood Drive came to South to collect blood from volunteers throughout the day. Students and faculty spent around an hour working with Red Cross workers and donated 1 pint each for this great cause.

Those donating had to be at least 16 years of age, and had to answer a couple health questions to qualify them as safe donors. Then they donated, which took about 20 minutes, and replenished the iron and fluids lost during donation with some snacks afterwards.

Maggie having some snacks after donating blood.

“Even though I had donated before, I was nervous about it! But it was worth it because we were all making a difference and helping to save lives,” said junior Lucia Walker about her experience.

The Red Cross estimates that one donation of blood can possibly save up to three lives. They make two visits to South every year to collect valuable donations from students and staff alike. Next time the Red Cross comes by, consider donating to this great cause for the sake of those three lives.