Mustangs start new year of blood donations


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Oneblood was on campus to welcome Mustang blood donors.

Mackenzie Hopkins – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Over Friday Mustangs donated in the school’s first blood drive of the year. Each year LRHS hosts multiple blood drives.

Blood drive committee member senior Lauren McGill explained, “Donating blood is a great way to earn easy volunteer hours, while saving lives.” This will be McGill’s third year as a member of the blood drive committee.

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LRHS junior Hailey Meador fills out blood drive health information.

Some students are hesitant to donate blood, but those who have find the process to be extremely beneficial.

First time donor junior Haile Meadors said, “I am excited to donate blood to help save the lives of others, but I am also nervous about pain from the needle.”

After donating Meadors explained, “It went well, and wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be.”

Senior Kelly Walker was excited to donate for her fourth time.

“The process can be slightly uncomfortable, however, it’s worth the time knowing the lives you may have saved,” said Walker.

After donating blood, participants are given snacks and volunteer hours.  Over 150 Mustangs signed up to donate blood in this drive.

Future blood drives for the 2019-2020 school year are scheduled for Nov. 21, Jan. 23, and April 2.

McGill encourages everyone 16 or older to consider donating.

“Try and focus on the good you’re doing and the lives your saving, not the pain,” said McGill.

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