By Hannah Kahl
On October 30, 2009 BHS is having a blood drive from 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in the old gym.
Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to save someone’s life. People often forget that some people rely on donated blood to be able to live their lives. Blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, anemia and other illnesses. People that have cancer or a blood disorder may need regular blood transfusions to live. One donation of blood can save up to three lives and after donating you will feel good about yourself knowing that you might have just saved a child, a brother, or a sister. Giving blood is an easy process and I believe that everyone should give blood at least once in their life. Many people will say “oh well I’m scared of needles!” My reply to those people would be the pain and suffering of those in need of blood is far greater than the prick of a needle. The caregivers at the blood donation centers are well trained, and will tend to your every need. People react in many different ways but no one will ever be allowed to leave until they are ready. Some people may feel light-headed, some people may feel anxious, others may feel nothing at all but all donors are equally evaluated to make sure they are feeling fine when they leave.
People rely on every type of blood but O negative blood is very rare and always in short supply. No matter what your type of blood please consider donating. All blood is needed all the time.
To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health.
Be there and make a difference!
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