Blood Drive at Woodgrove

All 16-18 year olds at Woodgrove High School had the chance to donate blood on November 29.  The Red Cross is in need of blood to help people for countless reasons; it’s needed for trauma victims and for cancer or transplant patients, and supplies for local blood banks often fall short this time of year.  There is no substitute for the human blood used in transfusions.

“I just wanted to help people, and help out the RedCross.  When I walked into the auditorium, I was so pleased with all the people who showed up,” said senior Joseph Tolley.

“I was so scared, I cried, but afterwards I felt a lot better.  I was happy to give to others,” said junior Shannon Song.

This year the blood drive collected 54 pints of blood, 3 pints less than last year.  The National Honor Society coordinated the blood drive for the third year in a row.  According to Edward Brosh, NHS advisor, more people signed up this year than in previous years, with about 75 students and about 5 faculty members.

“I felt very good about the blood drive this year; I want to thank Mrs. Jordan for helping the English teachers hand out forms, collect them, and talk the blood drive up, as well as the government teachers for doing the same for the seniors,” said Brosh.

Some students didn’t give blood for various reasons.  Some people were turned away from donating blood because they were underweight,  had low blood pressure, sugar, or  iron levels, and others were turned away for sickness or because the paper was signed in the wrong ink.  Junior Kitty Przybylowicz got turned away because her mother signed the paper in red ink instead of the normal black or blue.

“I was annoyed and frustrated that I was turned away for something as stupid as ink color, for as much as they said they needed blood, I guess they didn’t need it that bad,” said Pryzbylowicz.

Some students had other reasons for not participating.  “I chickened out because I am afraid of needles; I would probably get sick if I gave,” said junior Meagan Prendergast.