By: Nathan Rolls
Every two seconds, somebody in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross, the nonprofit organization that Salisbury High School has partnered with yet again, this winter.
On December 14, the first blood drive of the school year will take place in the old gym. The blood drive is open to those who are above the age of 16, with a signed parental consent form. Students aged 18 and older do not need to have their parents sign a consent form. To make an appointment, shoot an email to either Emily Kiska at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Mrs. Schneider at email@example.com.
“It is a good thing to do,” said Emily Kiska, director of the blood drive. People need blood a lot more than you think; 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed each and everyday here in the States. Currently, there is an estimated 38% of people who are eligible to donate blood, but only 10% of those people fall through with their donations. Salisbury High School’s plans to help the community shine through the blood drive.
The blood donation process is a simple, yet effective four step process: registration, which is typically done at the door, and requires some type of government or state issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, a brief medical history test, a mini-physical that ensures safety for the donor, and lastly the donation itself. The donation itself usually only takes 10-12 minutes, according to the American Red Cross. Only a pint of blood is taken at a time, and the minimum amount of time between donations is 56 days.
The American Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood supply, and only relies on volunteers. Their mission is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” They can only do that with your help. If you are eligible, contact Emily or Mrs. Schneider to help them in their mission!