A Bloody Great Drive

Aubrey Strephans, Staff Writer

The annual Blood Drive by MD Anderson is on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the school. This your first chance to give back to the community and save lives.  If you miss that date there will be another blood drive in the upcoming spring. The requirements to donate are weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, bring a photo ID, eat a hearty breakfast, and come ready and eager.

“Our goal is to get as many people involved as possible. We are always at a blood shortage and when people donate they make a big difference.” Assistant Principal Sarah Davidson said.

The blood drive is simply the easiest way to save others and be the hero in  someone’s journey. “You never know when it might be you or a loved one that will be on the receiving end of the generosity of others.” Teacher Ashley Johnson said.  Teachers and students strongly support this benefit. Hannah Gartner, junior, says, “giving blood helps so many people and not only does it leave you with a satisfied feeling, but you know that you just did something so good and that feeling stays with you.”

Teacher Coach Mac explains his past experiences at the blood drive as, “really great and very simple” he follows to explain that he “got to lay back with a stress ball, and afterwards we got to eat dessert and have juice!” Seconding the treats, Johnson says that she “gives blood every chance I get, it’s always hassle free and I definitely never skip the cookies and juice.”

 Coach Mac hopes that this upcoming blood drive can, “show students how important it is to help others and see how far their generosity in donating can go.” Jayden Hairr, senior, supports Coach Mac by saying, “I hope that students can see this as an opportunity and take it to improve the community and help others in need.”

This blood drive is the chance to give people love that need it the most, in the most important way.  You will walk away with a happy heart and a full stomach.