Spring Blood Drive

Margaret Carl, Contributing Writer

According to the American Red Cross, 6.8 million people donate their blood to people in need each year, and there are 4.5 million people per year who are the grateful recipients of that blood. 

Just one pint of blood can effectively save upwards of three people in critical condition.  Despite these impacts, less than 10% of the eligible population make the decision to donate.  These numbers are low in relation to the demand of 40% of the population, according to the Red Cross.

Once someone is 16, they are eligible to donate blood granted that they meet the specified criteria.  From then on, a person can donate once every eight weeks or 56 days which amounts to a possibility of 5 donations in just one year.

Schreiber hosts an annual blood drive where both students and teachers can donate blood.  This year’s blood drive will be held on Friday, Apr. 27 in the Schreiber gymnasium. 

“I think it’s great that our school has a blood drive so we do not have to miss anything and can get back to class ASAP,” said junior Julia Bischoff.  “It’s also pretty cool how you get a lanyard at graduation if you donate three times.” 

Not only does the blood drive not only allows for a majority of people to contribute to the cause, but it also provides education to people who may donate later in life. 

The Red Cross will ask for all blood, of any type, during their nationwide donations.  Common blood types are helpful to many patients, but more rare blood types are just as essential. 

Every two seconds in America, a person’s life hangs in the balance, and blood is required to treat a wide range of patients for various accidents, disorders, or diseases.  However, for young first time donors the idea of needles and of losing a pint of blood seems overwhelming. 

“I think the cause is so important, but I’m terrified of needles, so I don’t think I could donate,” said senior Caitlin Goutevenier.  

But don’t worry. Beside the fact that everyone working at a blood drive is a licensed professional by law, the actual donation only takes 7-10 minutes.  Furthermore, previous donors have confirmed that their fear of the needle was negligible once they had donated.

However, if you are similar to the many people who get terrified by simply looking at a needle, there are other ways for you to get involved in this event.  By volunteering, spreading the word and supporting those who donate, you too can participate and save a life.