Students and staff donate blood at blood drive

StuCo and the American Red Cross put on the biannual blood drive on Thursday, March 23

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By Carter Lawson

Sophomore Caroline Rutledge gets her blood drawn on Thursday, March 23.

Marah Shulda, JagWire reporter and photographer

Many students who are over 16 years of age donated blood to the American Red Cross in cooperation with StuCo on Thursday, March 23 in the biannual event. They collected around 1 pint of blood per donator.

By Carter Lawson
After having her blood tested for iron, voyagers teacher Carmen Shelly has her arm prepared for the donation.

Students from different grade levels donated blood. Sophomore Grant Loew donated for the first time and accredited his inclination to donate towards helping others.

“It’s something that I’ve never done and I’ve wanted to do it to help out people,” Loew said. “If you have a certain blood type and no one else does it could really help someone out.”

Senior Kristen Schau agrees, and thinks that donating blood is a very easy way to help out the community without much effort on the donor’s part.

“I think [donating blood] is really rewarding and it doesn’t take that much out of you but you contribute to so many people that do need that,” Schau said. “I’ve always thought that it’s a way that everyone can contribute and help society without putting themselves out significantly.”

When giving blood, the Red Cross takes one pint from each donor. The average human has about 10 pints of blood in their body and it can sometimes take a couple hours to recuperate from the donation. Schau has given blood before and thinks that this waiting period gets quicker the more times you donate.

“The second time I gave blood I was way less sore and it was faster than the first time,” Schau said. “I think it get easier every time.”

StuCo, who hosts each blood drive, gets involved not only throughout the day of the blood drive but also in the planning of the drive, according to junior Jordan Robinson.

“So we have two a year so there’s a routine and we start preparing about two weeks lead up to the [blood drive],” Robinson said. “We divide out who’s going to work what shifts of the blood drive.”

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After giving blood, sophomore Grant Loew relaxes and enjoys snacks before returning to class.

Like many other students, Robinson donated blood and says that the main reason was to just help another life and since being a member of StuCo she has helped out at the drives but never before personally donated.

“I had been working at the blood drives and was always encouraging my friends to sign up,” Robinson said. “I thought it was a good way to help the community.”

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