By Holly Hill
People often wonder why donating blood is important. Others even say donating blood is not important. Actually it is very important! Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. On average a blood transfusion takes three pints of blood, most requesting Type O-, the universal blood type. Blood cannot be successfully created in a lab, so donation is the only way to get blood for people in need.
When asking people to donate, you often hear, “I am afraid of needles.” Others say they need their blood. Donating blood is an unselfish act that can save lives. Fear of needles or of blood can be overcome. The American Red Cross holds blood drives in high schools across America to get teenagers into the habit of donating, most continuing throughout their lives.
The blood drive for Louisiana High School was held on March 28. There were 41 people who attempted to donate, with 21 one of these people being first time donors. There were 35 units collected during the blood drive. Those 35 donors saved an estimated 105 lives collectively. Thank you to everyone who participated.