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Come Give to the Vamps

The blood goes to a good cause!
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Alix Bennett
Come donate blood on September 20th! Photo made in Canva

From two p.m. to six p.m. on Wednesday, September twentieth, the Red Cross will be here (or more specifically, in the cafeteria) for a blood drive.

I talked to Mr. Will about his thoughts on the blood drive, and he said he is very passionate about the cause because he had a family member who needed blood. He’s been donating since he was in high school, and was the blood drive coordinator his first six years here. He also said that every year the Red Cross awards a scholarship if we get enough people to donate blood. If we get at least two hundred people to donate blood, we get a two thousand five hundred dollar scholarship.

Here are some facts about blood drives:

  • Just one donation can save up to three lives.
  • Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood or platelets.
  • Approximately twenty-nine thousand units of red blood cells are needed every day in the US.
  • Blood and platelets cannot be artificially made.
  • Your blood type includes more than the A, B, Ab, O, and positive and negative; there are over 300 different types of blood.
  • Red blood cells must be used in forty-two days or less, while platelets must be used in five days or less.
  • A single car accident victim may need as much as one hundred pints of blood.
  • Only about thirty-seven percent of people are eligible to donate blood, but only about three percent of eligible people donate blood.
  • Donating blood usually takes only one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • All information given during the donation process is confidential.
  • Eighty percent of the blood given to the Red Cross is given at mobile drives set up at organizations, community colleges, companies, places of worship, military installations, or high schools like ours.

Sources:

https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2023/01/11/giving-blood-saves-lives.html#:~:text=Just%20one%20donation%20can%20save,the%20blood%20transfusions%20they%20need.

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help/blood-needs-blood-supply.html

https://www.isbtweb.org/isbt-working-parties/rcibgt.html

https://www.umms.org/-/media/files/ummc/community/blood-facts

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Alix Bennett, Author
Hi! My name's Alix Bennett, and I like frogs (hence the frog hat🐸). I am currently a high school student here at Palestine High School as well as a dual credit student at LTC, and a summer volunteer at George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. I want to be an ecologist, as well as a writer and artist on the side. My favorite artist is Pidgin Dolls, and my favorite musicians are Penelope Scott, cavetown, and Skydxddy. I'm a Neopagan, which means my religion is based on natural cycles and the spirits thereof. My pronouns are She/Her. I'm a huge Pokemon and DnD fan, and I love learning about all kinds of things, such as frogs, insects, mushrooms, frogs, plants, geology, frogs, space, history, frogs, and other subjects. And also frogs. I like frogs. I want to be needlessly kind. If people can needlessly hate strangers, I can needlessly love strangers.

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