Student Council Holds Blood Drive


Photo / Caroline Mann

Students can help to save lives by getting blood drawn.

Every two seconds, someone in the US is in need of a blood transfusion. The Coronado Student Council will be hosting a blood drive on May 11, located in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Everyone who meets the recruitments is welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

“Coronado focuses on helping our community as much as we can,” Student council officer Francesca Felhaber said. “Theres always a need for blood so blood donations are a great way to help.” 

In order to meet the necessary requirements to donate blood one must be at least 16 years of age, must weigh a minimum of 110 lbs, and must be in good general health. It is advised to eat something with natural sugars at least 2 hours before donating to prevent dizziness, and the risk of passing out. If under 18 years old, a permission slip must be signed by a legal guardian. After donating, is it recommended to wait at least 12 hours before operating heavy machinery or driving commercial vehicles, and at least 24 before participating in strenuous exercise.  These requirements ensure the safety of the donor and the safety and health of others. 

“Donating blood is an easy way to help people, and I am lucky to be healthy enough to donate blood to those in need,” Student Maggy Hayes said.

Donating blood is an opportunity to help benefit the lives of others that are in need. Attending and participating in the blood drive can save a life. Blood is essential to help patients survive and recover from intense surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Every pint of blood that is donated can help save up to three lives. 

“I have experienced the need and importance of donation blood as my brother received a transplant a few years back, and blood donations really helped him. I think it’s a great thing to do,” Corbin Bettes said. 

Flyers have been posted around the school with information, as well as the QR code to access the Google Document to sign up. Students who participate in the blood drive will be given a cookie afterwards and will have the satisfaction of helping the save the life of another individual.