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Sophomore Garett Cudworth donates blood at this year’s annual blood drive. Photo by Maggie Staehling

From Hi-Lights: Student Council hosts annual blood drive

Posted December 19, 2016

NOTE: This article appeared in the November 2016 edition of the Plymouth High School newspaper, Hi-Lights. Look for a copy in the high school office.

By Devin Sikora
of the Hi-Lights staff

On Nov. 1, in the gym, PHS had its yearly blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Council organized the blood drive, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin ran it, collecting the blood. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Student Council have partnered for more than 10 years.

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin focuses on keeping donated blood local, and is “a unique community health resource committed to extending life and health through unparalleled medical and scientific expertise,” as stated on its website.

In total, 58 students came to donate and 46 of the donations were successful. This number translates to potentially helping save 138 lives. Of the 58 students, 31 were first-time donors. 

“This was my first time donating,” said junior Emily LaVine. “I was nervous and excited to donate, but I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Senior Lenea Guse knew what to expect this year. “This was my second time donating, and I was excited to donate this year,” she said.

First-time donors must meet a few requirements. If under 16, the potential donor must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian. All donors should have photo identification.

There are also some weight and height requirements; the BloodCenter’s website lists all height and corresponding weight requirements, but in general the potential donor must weigh more than 110 pounds.

Donors should also feel well on the day of donation, including not having any flu or cold symptoms. The BloodCenter, and other blood-collecting organizations, will ask questions about foreign travel, any past sickness, and medications to name a few.

Next, the doctor there will take the donor’s hemoglobin level and other health information. The actual donation time usually lasts about 10 minutes, and one pint of blood is drawn during this time. 

After donating, the donor should rest and eat a snack. The next time that one can donate is 56 days after.