January Blood Drive

January Blood Drive

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January Blood Drive

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On January 21st 2016, the second Chartiers Valley High School Blood Drive of the school year, run by Central Blood Bank, took place, and it was important for several reasons. The main reason, however, is that close to twenty percent of all blood donations come from high school students. If this demographic of blood donors was lost, a huge chunk of life saving blood would no longer be available to those who need it. Anyone over sixteen and in good health was allowed to donate. Brandon Marcucci, a junior who donated blood, said, “The blood drive was fast paced, but at the same time it felt good to know I was helping to save lives. After I donated blood, I sat down and had a snack before going back to class.” James Scalise, a sophomore, was going to donate blood, but got cold feet as the drive approached. “Even though I knew it would be helping others, I couldn’t bring myself to actually go through with it. The thought of all of that blood being drained from my arm gave me the chills.” Although many students chose to donate blood for the reasons that Brandon brought up, at the same time, many could not bring themselves to do so for a variety of reasons. Regardless of how much blood was actually donated, it was a noble act for those who did donate to do so. As the third blood drive of the year approaches, we can only hope more students take the opportunity to save lives through donating.

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