Members of the LRHS blood drive committee serve Friday

Summer Araujo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS partnered with Suncoast Blood Centers to host a Blood Drive Friday.

Suncoast Blood Centers is a local blood bank which donates blood to those in need in the local area.

A total of 98 Mustangs donated blood and many students donated for the first time.

Junior Andrew Boudreau said, “It went smoothly, only took about 20 minutes, and I felt fine after donating.”

The Blood Drive committee is very excited about the turnout of the first drive this year.

Committee adviser and LRHS keyboard teacher Rebekah Lester said, “144 students signed up this year which is a lot more than last spring. A lot of forefront work goes into the Blood Drive to get students excited and ready for Blood Drive.”

Committee members volunteered throughout the day running and organizing the Blood Drive by giving students food and water to eat before donating.

“We partnered with Suncoast Blood this year because they donate blood to local hospitals like Sarasota Memorial and Manatee Memorial Hospital,” Lester added.  

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Communications Director sophomore Nadia Gandhi said, “This event was very well put together and it was exciting to see that many students at our school are willing to give back to our community.”

Even though some Mustangs were nervous about donating blood, they still donated as it was for a good cause.

Junior Emily Conelias said, “I was scared but I don’t regret signing up. Since it is a good cause, everyone should consider donating blood.”

Junior Joyce Gad said, “I am feeling nervous and nauseous, but I hope it goes well because I have been hydrating the entire day.”

There will be other Blood Drives throughout the year so there will be many opportunities to give back to the community.

Nadia Gandhi assisted with this story