Students donate at the high school blood drive

Ruth Villeda, Writer

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American Red Cross Blood Drive poster.

The multipurpose room looked like a doctor’s office on Friday when the Key Club hosted a blood drive at the high school.

More than 80 people signed up to donate blood to help save lives. One of the donors, junior Madi Pearia, said she was excited to participate.

“I’m doing the blood drive because I want to have a chance to help people,” she said. “If I was the one in need of blood, I would want someone to help me.”

The amount of blood that each student donated could potentially save up three lives.

Sometimes students are turned away from donating for various reasons. During the first hour of the blood drive, several students were not allowed to participate because they had low iron. When signing up, the American Red Cross provides instructions to donors which includes eating a healthy meal, drinking plenty of fluids, and maintaining a healthy iron level.

Senior Rachel Gamache was a student that gave blood on Friday.

“I’m not scared of needles and it wasn’t that painful,” she said. “I wanted to do it because it helps people. Afterward, I usually feel out of it. I did feel lightheaded and nauseous, but it quickly went away after eating some cookies they provided.”

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