By Emma Shiltz, LO’T News Reporter
Every normal school year, Moline High School hosts a blood drive where students can donate blood to help those in desperate situations. This year 73 students donated blood on December 3, 63 of them being first-time donors! For each donor, it took about one hour for the whole process. That’s only one hour of a person’s time that could result in saving the life of another. However, if you missed out this time, don’t fret. Impact Life will come to Moline High School again in April for the second blood drive of the 2021-22 school year.
There is a more serious need for qualified blood donors than in over a decade according to the American Red Cross. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, roughly 29,000 units of red blood cells, or 5,800,000 mL, are needed per day, to be exact. Even a single blood donation can save up to three lives!
Unfortunately, there are many reasons that people choose not to donate. The top two reasons reported are being too busy or a fear of needles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Student Congress Representative Haley Petersen, who volunteered to help Impact Life and was present for many of the day’s donations, acknowledges that donating can be slightly intimidating. “I learned how scary it can be to give blood. But, in the end you know how good it is to give.” How good it is indeed; it can support someone’s recovery from injury or disease, and it is an act of altruism.
Giving something so vital, such as blood, is truly heroic to those who receive it. So, thank you to all of those who chose to give this past holiday season, and thank you to those who are inspired to give in the future. Many participants this year reported a good experience from their recent donation. A very enthusiastic donor, Colin Perry, views his experience in a unique light, saying, “It was so cool; they stole my blood though. They are like vampires.”
In light of the humor, please consider donating blood when the next blood drive rolls around this April.