Annual STUCO blood drive takes place Feb. 23

Ben Miller
Contributing Writer

German teacher Brent Mackey gives blood at the annual NHS blood drive, Nov. 12, 2019. The STUCO blood drive will be Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the secondary gym. Photo by Jaden Fields.

Student council is hosting its blood drive taking place on Feb. 23, between 8 a.m. and 3.pm in the secondary gym.

The blood drive, which is held through a partnership between Mercy Hospital and the student council, will aim to collect potentially life-saving blood from students throughout the day.

Students must first sign up if they wish to donate blood.

Lauren Maedge, STUCO sponsor said, “Students are able to sign up with a student council member or they should be able to scan a QR code on one of the Mercy Blood Drive flyers to sign up with a Google Form.” 

Sign-up is available for a variety of times during the school day by the senior entrance.

There are additional requirements students must meet in order to donate blood as well. The minimum age to donate is 16 with a signed parent permission slip or 17 without one. A valid social security number is also required to donate blood.

According to the American Red Cross, preparation to give blood is also an important step in the process of donating.

“Get nutrition on the dish…Be well rested and hydrate,” the Red Cross website said. Many of the concerns about nutrition have to do with iron levels before donation, because if levels are too low, donations may be refused until levels return to normal. Eating iron-rich foods before donation helps mitigate this risk and allows for a successful day at the blood drive.

Roughly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each day in the United States, and every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. WGHS students are eager to participate in the blood drive for this reason. 

“I’m really excited about it [STUCO blood drive]. I’ve never participated in a blood drive before, but I’m eager to donate since it’s such a needed cause,” junior Zoie Sellers said.

 


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