By Linda Su,
The Red Cross Club organized its first blood drive of the year on Oct. 24 from 8a.m. to 2p.m. The club hosts two blood drives each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students had the opportunity to donate blood and potentially help save a life.
Multiple stations were set up in the South Gym by The Blood Source and refreshments were provided for the students who donated blood. In addition to the satisfaction of doing a good deed, students also received a snazzy shirt.
Students had multiple days before the blood drive to sign up, and on the day of the drive students received passes in class requesting that they head to the gym. Donors had to make sure they drank lots of fluids before they donated blood because a pint of blood is quite a lot to lose in just one sitting.
According to the school nurse Rhona Youtsey, in her four years of working at DHS, this is the seventh blood drive she has helped out in. She believes that many students find it to be a fun event, and some of the donors are new to the whole experience.
“I think it’s a great experience for for students. I think most of the students who are coming out today are first-time donors. They have never done it before and they are excited about it,” Youtsey said.
Sophomore Ivy Zhou is a member of the Red Cross Club at Davis High and thinks that “it’s great that students have the opportunity to donate blood and save up to three lives.”
Youtsey also recognizes that the students who decide to donate blood can make a difference in someone else’s life, and it is a way for students to be involved in a greater cause.
“It’s really great to know that the blood that students are donating is going to help somebody else and maybe even save their life,” Youtsey said.
Zhou enjoyed manning the check-in table and helping out with the event because it opened her eyes up to the impact that students can make by just donating some blood.
“It really gave me insight on what generosity really is and the set up of the blood drive was just truly amazing,” Zhou said.