Saving Three Lives

Written by Erika Renkl |

The Morgan National Honor Society and the American Red Cross host a blood drive every spring and fall. This spring the drive was held on Thursday, May 1 in the new gym. Anyone over the age of 17 can donate, as long as they meet the height and weight requirements and have moderate iron levels.

Giving blood is one of the best things people can do for the community because it doesn’t take any of their effort and people are in constant need of blood.Anyone who has the blood type O Negative is highly encouraged to donate because that is the universal donor and is given to all unidentified cases in an emergency situation.

After the Red Cross takes a person’s blood, it has to process it to separate the specific components like red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. The Red Cross then must test it for any infection or overall problem before it can store it and send it out to hospitals.

  • Red Cells are stored in refrigerators at 6ºC for up to 42 days
  • Platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to five days
  • Plasma and cryo are frozen and stored in freezers for up to one year

Read more about the process of giving blood through the Red Cross!

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We talked to a few people who have given blood in the past. Senior Sarah Dahlberg said, “It was a great experience, and it was very easy. I was never scared of needles or blood so it went really well. I’m looking forward to giving blood again this year, and it’s a great opportunity to help others and save three lives.” Senior Jonathan Markovics is planning to give blood at the upcoming drive. “This is my first time giving blood, but I’ve helped out at the past two blood drives. I’m excited to help save lives, but at the same time, I’m nervous as to how my body will react to giving blood.”

Many people each year are unable to give blood due to a lack of iron or a failure to meet the height and weight requirement. I lack iron, and I am frequently deferred from the Red Cross because iron levels of 12.5 are required, and I only had a 12.0. Many others do not weigh enough to give blood even though they would like to help people.

Overall, the blood drive went exceptionally well this spring. We had over 65 people sign up and collected 58 pints of blood for a total of 174 lives saved!

Read about the fall blood drive and spring 2012 drive as well.



7 responses to “Saving Three Lives

  1. Nice article! It helped me understand what giving blood is like. I hope that I can do it in future, but I hope there was not a big loss because of the people who did not meet the requirements for the blood drive. I am glad that you were able to make your goal, though.


  2. I really enjoyed reading this article! I was sad I couldn’t give blood because of height and weight requirements. My cousin who unfortunately suffers from cancer has gotten multiple blood transfusions so I understand the importance of the blood drive.


  3. Great article! This definitely makes me want to give blood when I’m older, and for such a great cause!


  4. This was such an interesting article! I loved the interviews, it completed the article perfectly! Hopefully I can give blood when I’m old enough!


  5. Great article! It Helped Me UNDERSTAND THE Process Of Giving blood EVEN Though I HAVE NEVER Given before. I like the interviews you conducted. And the information about how the blood is stored. Amazing writing


  6. Great article! It was very informative for students who have never heard of the blood drive or just never knew the full details about it. I liked how you interviewed people to give others a sense on how it felt to save lives.


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