Blood drive still a success despite date change


The annual blood drive usually hosted in February was moved to November due to issues concerning The Red Cross.

Although this meant a three-month rush, “It was still successful despite the unexpected date change,” English teacher and National Honor Society adviser Erin Parr said.

There were 56 participants. But due to the Red Cross blood donor requirement,  some donors were turned down.

“I got turned down because I got my ears pierced by an unsterilized needle,” senior China Bach said. “I wanted to donate so I could help someone in need.”

Despite sudden changes, Red Cross was able to collect 39 units of blood. “I would’ve thought there would be more since we have a big school,” junior Maddi Mehigh said.

In 2017 the Red Cross collected 55 pints of blood from Haslett high school. Because there are more students who play fall sports, there were fewer students who donated.

“I was doing registration and we had to turn people away because of limited time and space,” senior Rachel Ramsey said.

On average, for every unit of blood collected is equivalent to three lives being saved. That means 117 lives can be saved due to the 39 units of blood collected.

“A lot of planning needs to go into organizing the blood drive,” Parr said. “I am proud of how NHS came together to organize the blood drive despite the change of dates.”