On March 4 Leesville will host an American Red Cross student blood drive in the auxiliary gym. In order to participate one must be at least 16 and weigh at least 110 pounds.
This year’s goal is to recruit at least 170 donors to donate 130 units of blood.
Students are recommended to hydrate and eat well the day before and the day of the blood drive.
A driver’s license or passport is required to donate.
Despite the conviction that donating blood is painful and scary, most past participants report a pleasant experience.
Gloria Lai, senior, said, “They couldn’t find my vein so they had to keep poking me, but overall it wasn’t bad.”
Donating blood, though not completely painless is not painful.
Even if one has reservations about giving blood, all able individuals should make the choice to give blood.
Lia Miles, junior, is choosing to donate blood to get out of class and contribute to a worthy cause.
“My blood is worth giving,” said Miles. “And I’m excited for the snacks.”
James Murdock, senior, encourages students to donate because “you feel good afterward.”
According to the Red Cross’ top ten reasons to give blood, “You will be someone’s hero — you may give a newborn, a child, a mother or a father, a brother, or a sister another chance at life. In fact, you may help save up to three lives with just one donation.”
Lai donated last year and plans to donate this year. “I do it to help people,” she said.
Donating blood is an easy way to make a difference.
For additional information or questions see Mr. Broer in room 240, or contact Mr. Ross, or Ms. Eastman.