American Red Cross Blood Drive
February 22, 2013 • Christine Sun and Nicolina Thompson, Writers
Filed under Focus
On Monday, February 25th, Lakewood High School will be having a blood drive through the American Red Cross Foundation. Many students at Lakewood High School will be donating their blood to help a good cause.
On the other hand, some students will not be donating blood. This could be either due to fear of needles, being underweight, or just not wanting to donate blood.
Senior, James Brooks, is a student who will not be giving blood come Monday. He says, “I think donating blood is good, but I am not giving blood because I have recently donated.”
Some students like senior, Jacob Felt, will not be giving blood as well. “I will not be giving blood because I have a field trip that day, but I do give blood fairly often. I give blood because it can help save others lives and because its good for you because your body makes new blood.”
Some students that will not be giving blood is because if the fear of needles like senior, Alison Owen, “No, I don’t give blood. Needles freak me out, to be honest. I think it’s a great thing to do but I personally can’t do it.”
Another student Emily Bir responds with, ” I chose not give blood because I’m not a fan of needles and voluntarily being around one isn’t really fun for me. I feel like giving blood is a great thing to do if the people that give it are healthy. Donating blood helps a huge amount of people every day.”
There are many other Lakewood Rangers that will be giving blood such as, Hallie Hamilton who says, “I am going to donate blood because there are times when a blood transfusion can save a life and if by me donating helps saves it, then go ahead and take some blood. I have enough to spare. ”
“I am giving blood. I give blood for the slight chance it may help or save somebody. I feel giving blood makes you a hero in way,” added Michael Workman.
Senior, George Davis says, ” Someone needs blood every 3 seconds in this country. An average of 40,000 units are needed every day in the U.S. There is no substitute for human blood. 60% of the population will need blood at sometime in their lives, yet less than 5% of the population donates. And I feel like more people should give blood to help those in need, 1 blood donation could save a life, and that’s why I will give blood.”
Giving blood is a good cause, but there are many drawbacks about it. Giving blood, whether doing it or not, is something everyone is talking about.
Will you be giving blood this Monday to possibly help save a life?