Photo by Evelyn Peterson.
On April 2, the National Honor Society (NHS) hosted the Spring Blood Drive in the A gym in order creating a place with easy accessibility for people to donate blood.
“The blood drive is very important because not only does it bring community awareness within the school but it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to people who need assistance.” senior Katie Bender, NHS vice president said.
The blood drive is open to students as well as people of the community.
“I want them to know that they’re safe to give blood and that how much of a difference they’re making. I know people who like have needed liver transplants and it’s important to have blood for that.” senior Elizabeth Driggers, NHS treasurer said.
Students have to be at least 16 years old to donate blood. However, 16 year old students must have parental permission in order to donate.
“I donated blood a couple years ago. I was actually getting some tests done and then I chose to donate as well. It was kinda like a convenience thing but also I was like ‘Oh I can help someone else.” Driggers said.
Not everyone can donate blood, for you must be in good health and weight at least 110 pounds in order for safe blood donation.
“I think what’s important is being able to give to someone that you have no idea who it’s going to,” Driggers said, “This is one of those things, I mean it’s a really selfless project, you don’t get a lot out of it, maybe a couple of snacks.”
NHS does not collect the blood, but they are in charge of making sure people know about the drive.
“NHS is responsible for doing all the advertisement for the blood drive as well as the coordination, and then the set, helping with the set up, and then continuing helping with attendance and the logistic side of it.” Bender said.
According to the American Red Cross, nearly 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day.
“So many people are in need and there’s no reason not to.” senior Sofia Martinez said. Martinez is a student who donated blood.
The NHS Blood Drive operates once in the fall and once in the spring and has been going on for seven years.
“I feel that in the future the blood drive could definitely grow as we see the student population as well as Dripping Springs as a whole continue to get larger and hopefully we can make it into a much bigger effort, with more volunteers and more people giving.” Bender said.
The Red Cross states that one donation can save up to three lives.
“I hope that people are able to be more aware of the drive and be able to experience the impact that it has on their own,” Driggers said, “So like seeing someone or knowing someone that needs blood and that inspiring them to give blood, or just seeing how how much blood we collect and be able to contribute to that as well.”
The blood drive usually lasts most of the school day. However, blood donation centers are always open and looking for new donations.
Bender said, “The best thing about the drive is that it allows students to get involved with things that are greater than themselves.”
By Cady Russell, Staff Writer