The Vampires Will Be Out…drawing blood for the American Red Cross on October 20th.
Halloween is the perfect time to donate blood. The American Red Cross will be working with West’s National Honor Society seniors in the Van Hise Gym to see if West can go over 100 units during the course of Friday’s blood drive.
Each unit of blood has the potential to aid three people in need. Only 8% of the U.S. population of eligible people actually donate, so the national blood supply has become very dependent on high school and college students. The students, in turn, recognize the value of the simple act, so the positive energy and the self-satisfaction is evident.
Last spring our students and staff provided 102 pints of blood to the Red Cross, potentially impacting on over 300 lives. Also, West drives provide significant units of African American blood which is especially vital for people with sickle cell anemia. We hope to surpass that this year and you can help!
- Sleep at least 8 hours the night before the donation
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Do not skip breakfast and lunch on the day of the donation
- Drink a few extra glasses of water or fluids in the days before and on the donation day
Sign-up will be available in the Ash Entrance beginning the week of October 9th before school and at lunch. NHS students will be on hand to collect consent forms and answer questions.
Parents and students should be aware that studies have shown that complications in 16 and 17 year-olds are three times more likely compared to blood donors 20 years old and above. First time donors are three times more likely to experience a complication compared to repeat donors, and females are almost twice as likely to experience donation-related complications when compared to males. Mild complications include light-headedness, dizziness, and nausea. More serious complications are related to injuries that occur with fainting (e.g. concussions, cuts requiring stitches and fractures to the jaw or skull).
It is important to talk with your child and make a joint decision about participation in the blood drive.
Donating blood is an action that displays not only a concern for the wellbeing of others but a desire to make a positive difference in our community. Many young people who initially donate at West become regular long term donors, and each student takes pride in the choice to donate.