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Annual Lewis Cass Blood Drive

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The annual blood drive hosted by the National Honor Society took place on Monday. I’ve always heard of people passing out or getting sick, but I have never had any problems. I believe donating blood is a noble cause and everyone able should do it because lives are saved everyday because of this charity.

I’ve donated blood in the past and felt fine. This year, however, I felt anything but fine. After I gave blood, I started feeling sick. Eventually, I passed out on my way to lay down. To make things worse, I threw up all the food they were shoving down my throat to try and get my blood pressure up. Even though I had a bad experience this year, I won’t let it keep me from donating again. Many students had the same problems as I did this year; however, don’t let these horror stories keep you from donating.

Donating blood is one of the best donations you can give- it’s right up there with money and clean water. By donating blood, you’re saving a life or several lives depending on how the blood is split up. This year we had over 50 people sign up to give blood. The donations started at 7:30 A.M. and continued to 2:30 P.M.. Many of the people were returning but we also had a couple new people donate.

“I gave blood last year, and I had a good experience. It’s always scary when you first walk in, but it’s over before you know it. I try to give blood while the drive is here because it’s for a good cause,” Said Olivia Salyers.

Although many people signed up, a lot of eager donors could not fulfill the deed due to certain standards the Red Cross has for donating blood. For example, Luke Hammond could not give blood because he visited Honduras last year on spring break. Hannah Young was unable to donate because of her small stature. Low iron levels, small stature, and small veins are all viable reasons why the Red Cross might not let a person donate.

If a person can at all, donate blood! The need for blood will always be present; therefore, the amount of people willing to donate blood needs to be present. Just think of donating blood as saving a life. For underclassmen, National Honor Society puts on the blood drive every year so if you didn’t donate this year, check it out for next year.

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  1. McKayla Ramsey on March 15th, 2018 8:23 am

    I helped out at the drive because I couldn’t donate and I couldn’t agree more that donating blood is a great cause! If you aren’t able to donate blood, donating your time to help others is another great way to give back! Great article!

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  2. cjoll79 on March 19th, 2018 8:47 am

    Great Article Marisol. I like how you described what happened to a lot of people. I also like how you stated the causes for the Red Cross to not take the blood. Once again Great Article.

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