Students, faculty give blood to save lives

By Marian Siljeholm

Each year, the blood drive allows students and faculty the opportunity to individually save three lives by donating one pint of blood.

This year, 39 pints of blood were collected. Fifty two volunteers registered to donate; however, 12 had to be turned away due to a lack of proper identification, a deficiency in the height versus weight requirement, low blood-iron level requirements, or their having travelled to certain other countries in the past year.

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Despite such setbacks, “It was great to see how many students were interested and enthusiastic about giving blood, even if not all of them were able to because of technicalities,” said senior volunteer and three-time blood donor Madeline McNamee.

Faculty member and Student Council adviser Sarah Deluca has been organizing the drive since it began three years ago. Deluca donated blood for the first time in high school and several times since, especially after her sister became quite ill. As well as for the purpose of saving lives, Deluca sees the drive as a great chance to expose students to important community service opportunities that do not involve fundraising or monetary donations.

Despite difficulty finding a time when students could donate without interfering with sports or other major events, overall Deluca said the drive ran smoothly, with the minor issue of too few Red Cross staff to administer to the donors.  

Senior donor Taylor Coons was especially determined to help, yet nervous because of having fainted the previous year. “I’m not going to die if I give one pint of blood, but my actions have the potential to save three lives. That is what made me decide to donate,” Coons said.  

Senior Leanne Ciccone also donated with the greater good of saving lives in mind.  “I donated last year and felt really good knowing that my actions could have helped save lives; that was really what made me decide to donate this year. That of course and the free apple juice,” Ciccone said.

Looking to next year, Deluca hopes the number of students willing to donate will continue to increase as it did this year. It’s such an important part of the medical miracles that happen every day,” Deluca said.