The second blood drive of the year was held Thursday, and organizers say there was a better turnout than the first drive. This year, every qualified donor who showed up were entered in a drawing for a $50 VISA gift card. This increased the number of walk-in donors by a significant amount.
The nurses come early to prepare the room for the day. There’s a table in front of the room where the people sign in. Students who are 16 turn in their permission slip, and head with the older students to the room where they’re given the required procedures.
41 students showed up to donate, and 23 “productive” units were collected. Some would-be donors are turned away due to being under the minimum weight, low iron levels, or other health reasons.
“I went to donate blood today but when I actually got in there they said I couldn’t because I am anemic,” said senior Hana Alseidi.
Some students said they didn’t pay attention to the poster announcing the drive, so they didn’t know the blood drive was happening.
“I didn’t donate blood but I did want to donate. It’s for a good cause; maybe next year,” said junior Jasmine Smith.
The nurses had plenty of help from the National Honor Society members who not only helped them set up they also helped with the signing in and cleaning up.