Driven to Donate?

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Sadie Collins

Madison Kroeze(’19) receives her temporary bandage after donating blood on 10/20.

Jasmine Knowles, Staff Reporter/Photographer

It’s that time of year again at AHS! The annual blood drive was scheduled for Friday, October 20. Each year Arlington High School organizes a multitude of ways to give back to their community and the blood drive is one of those ways. Many people choose to willingly give their blood or they shy away at the thought of a needle.

Maciee Delaney (‘18), a top organizer of the blood drive says, “Try not to think about the amount of blood you’re giving or about how sharp the needle may appear. Instead, think about all of the people you’re helping and potentially how many lives you will be saving.”

The organization receiving the blood that is donated is Bloodworks Northwest. This organization is an independent business that donates their supply to more than 90 Northwest hospitals. They base their purpose on saving their patients and each year help over 55,000 patients. Bloodworks Northwest specializes in blood transfusions, blood disorders, and organ/tissue transplantation. They take great pride in their research and strive to help people live healthier, happier, and longer lives.

This year at AHS, there have been approximately 92 people who signed up to donate their blood. There has been an increase of donors this year, considering the entire sign up sheet was completely filled with names.

Katie Phillips (‘18) who has experience with blood drives says, “Don’t be nervous to donate. They’re professionals and will do everything in their power to make sure it all goes smoothly. Also, being nervous raises your heart rate which results in you not being able to donate.”

Regardless of whether or not it appears as a frightening experience, the process will benefit many lives and will be a growing opportunity for yourself as well. Although the chance to donate at our school’s blood drive has passed, there are still plenty of opportunities to donate and give back to the community. Many blood drives take place locally in a nearby town that can easily be researched on the internet.

It is of utmost importance to make sure to eat healthy, nutritious foods and drink a lot of water before donating. Also, avoid any strenuous activities the same day and make time for plenty of rest. Although the school blood drive has come to an end, it is never too late to find another organization that could desperately use your help.