21 units in May 13 blood drive

A total of 31 lives were saved with the help of the student senate and counselor Erin Gardner, who has been in charge of the CFHS blood drive for 12 years. In the band room, Gardner helped the student senate host their annual blood drive on Thursday, May 13. 

Gardner said they had 22 students sign up for the blood drive, with 19 donating. A total of 21 units of blood were collected and given to the LifeServe Blood Center, who then granted the units to hospitals around Iowa. “I have learned, as I started doing the blood drive, that they really try to reach out to high school students because you’re more likely to continue donating throughout your life if you donate in high school,” Gardner said. 

She said the duration of donating blood simply depends on each person. “It can go anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, soo it really just depends,” she said. 

To sign up for next year’s Blood Drive, which is typically held in May, all students need to do is fill out the form provided. However, a student under 16 requires parental permission. “The form is online, or you can stop in and pick it up in the counselor’s office. It’s super easy,” she said.

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