NHS to Host Blood Drive on October 7th

Story by Nicole Haberek and Carli LoPresto

On Monday, October 7th, Stonington High School’s National Honor Society and the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Any student 17 years old or older is eligible to donate blood.

Students will need to be in good health and meet the weight requirements for your height. If you have donated blood in the past 60 days you are not eligible to donate.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and 4.5 million Americans need blood transfusions a year.

If you are eligible to donate blood, it is very important to do so. Only 37% of people are eligible to donate blood and annually only less than 10% donate blood. By donating a pint of blood, you can save up to three lives. It is very important right now to donate blood because of the hurricanes that were impending, the American Red Cross had to cancel many blood drives. That is thousands of pints of blood that were not donated, so there is a large need for blood donations. There is also a large need for boys to donate because many times girls get turned away because of low iron or they do not meet the weight requirements.

There are so many people who have benefitted from blood transfusions like Mrs. Chapman, who would not be here today if it wasn’t for a blood transfusion she had when she was born. As a baby, she had to have an exchange transfusion where her blood was removed and completely replaced with new blood. When talking to her she is so grateful for the people who decide to donate blood because if they did not, so many people would not be here. She says, “It’s a life-saving thing. I am saying thank you from everyone who has ever had a blood transfusion or has benefitted from donated blood. We all appreciate it so much and are so grateful.”

If you believe you are eligible to donate on Monday, October 7th, please talk to Mrs. LaCombe, Emma Anderson who is head of the Blood Drive Committee or any other member of the Blood Drive Committee.