The National Honor Society is holding our annual blood drive Wednesday, March 28th. Now, your first thought might be “oh no, that sounds scary” but, like anything else, once you learn the details as to why you should donate, and how easy it is so do so, you will realize there is no reason not to donate blood.
Donating blood is perhaps the most simple thing you can do to help save a life. At any given time our body has about 5.5 quarts of blood. When you donate they take only 1 pint, and with 1 pint of blood 3 people can be saved. Your blood can be separated into the red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. The red blood cells are used for blood transfusions after accidents with immense amounts of blood loss; the platelets are used to help premature babies; plasma is to help cancer patients. There is a good chance that you have experienced, or know someone that has experienced, those issues and has utilized a blood transfusion, and you can help aid people like that.
Donating blood is relatively painless for you and can help ease the pain of someone else in the future (and you get a cookie!) All that you need to do is be over the age of 16, and pick up permission forms in the guidance office. Once you arrive at the donation set up, you will have to answer a few health history questions and be tested to ensure that your blood has enough iron in it. The whole process takes little effort from you, you get out of class, and it is for an amazing cause.