Cameron Willis – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- In the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds according to The American Red Cross. Thankfully, they can get it due to the thoughtful 6.8 million donors that give blood each year. That 6.8 million people includes those LHRS Mustangs who generously give blood at our four blood drives each year.
Sophomore Morgan Kirchman is a member of the LRHS Blood Drive Committee, which organizes the quarterly blood drives with One Blood.
“Our blood drives collect a fair amount of blood each year, and the blood that is donated is used to save the lives of those that have the same blood type. The blood people here donate benefits a lot of people in the Manatee-Sarasota area,” said Kirchman.
“I think people donate blood to help other people, because if they were in the situation where they needed blood, it would be helpful to have others donating blood that they could use,” Kirchman added.
The 36,000 units of blood donated in the U.S. each year go to 4.5 million people, who would die without their transfusions according to the BNL Blood Drive. The 110 donations from each blood drive at LRHS can save up to 300 lives.
This year’s first blood drive will be Thursday, Aug. 31, and the turnout is expected to increase from last year. It will most likely rise more throughout the year as students get more used to school and more people turn 16, the age you need to be to donate.
“I participate in the blood drive because it helps other people,” Kirchman added. “I’m donating my time to something I have a passion for.”
To participate, students need to sign up in the cafeteria in the weeks before the blood drive. Kirchman concluded, “We hope to have a lot of people donate this year to help make it the best blood drive year ever.”