Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Blood drive to be held at Baldwin High School

April 18, 2001

"I vant to suck yur blood, WA, HA, HA, HA..." The National Honor Society (NHS) and the Community Blood Center are having their annual blood drive on Monday in the Baldwin High School cafeteria.

"There is a shortage; we need everybody," said NHS sponsor Joyce Collins.

The drive will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is for students and faculty, later is for the community. Refreshments will be provided.

Blood donors must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Identification is required and there is a health history form to fill out.

"Last year we did really well," said NHS president DeAnna Darting. "Our goal is to do better, and we're expecting to do better."

Not everyone can give blood. Some are afraid of needles. Too often people miss their opportunity to save a life.

"If this wasn't for a good cause I wouldn't be doing it, because last year I ended up with a horrendous bruise," said senior Mandy Smith.

If a person is on any kind of medication, has a body piercing or a tattoo, they cannot give blood. The blood itself must contain a certain amount of iron and not too much cholesterol or it will not be accepted. The nurses always take a small sample to test before taking a pint.

"I've never given blood before," said senior Jenna Schulte, NHS vice president and chairman of the blood drive. "I'd heard good and bad stories about it but I want to go for my own experience."

The community blood bank needs blood. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are welcome. To sign up, contact the NHS or the BHS office at 594-2725.

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