Mercy Hospital is hosting a blood drive for the National Honors Society on Nov. 13, from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the secondary gym.
The hospital has been working with Webster for about eight years, according to Honors Society sponsor Amy Rowland, along with other high schools. It sponsors different clubs throughout the year, such as another blood drive for Student Council in the spring.
Rowland said the blood donated goes to the hospital and is used primarily for blood transfusions, as well as “whatever they need it for.”
Seniors Gabrielle Merli, Charlotte Collier and Joelle Jeanmougin are all in charge of the leadership of the blood drive.
According to Merli, signups are available through a QR Code on the announcements and posters around the school. Seventeen and eighteen year-olds can sign up without parent permission, and sixteen year-olds need a permission slip from Rowland.
“Our goal is to sign up 75 donors,” Rowland said via email. “We hope to consistently sign up as many donors as possible, and to have at least half of the registered donors donate blood.”
Those who donate blood get a free T-shirt.
In general, Rowland said, “All of the blood stays in the STL area, so we hope to help as many people as possible.”
This will be Margaret Korte’s first year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.