Blood drive yields 79 units

Last Friday, May 10, the annual blood drive collected 79 units of blood from the 109 donors that registered from the 128 that prescheduled.

Junior Noah Miller was one of the 109 CFHS donors who turned out for the blood drive on Friday, May 10 in the choir room. Though numbers were down a bit from last year’s totals, 79 units came in. (Martha Hall photo)

Although the numbers are down from last year’s 94 units and the year before’s 111, the blood donated at this year’s drive will still help or even save 237 hospital patients. “It went great, the students and staff are awesome to work with each and every year. We appreciate this ‘partnership in saving lives together’ every May to help with our summer blood supply,” Pam Wolter, Territory Representative for Lifeserve Blood, said.

This year saw both an abundance of first time donors and students who have long been involved with the blood drive. “I wanted to be involved because I’ve taken an active role since sophomore year with student senate and I feel all students should want to save lives, which is what we’re doing here,” senior Hanno Fenech said.

There will always be people that need blood and blood drives are a good way to collect donations and save a lot of people. “They’re always in need of blood. You never know when you’ll need blood or your loved ones will need blood. One pint of blood saves three lives. If we have at least 100 students, it would save 300 lives,” counselor Erin Gardner said.

“Blood donation is a wonderful act of giving.  Blood cannot be manufactured and can only be provided by a volunteer willing to save lives with us in this way. One out of every seven hospital patients entering a hospital need blood to live.  Nationally,  every two seconds someone needs blood,” Wolter said.

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