Saving a life is something that most people think they will never accomplish, but some students will have the opportunity to do so without even leaving the school.
Students can take advantage of this opportunity by donating blood in FBLA’s annual fall blood drive Nov. 16 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Students can sign up to donate blood either in room 809 or with an FBLA officer through Oct. 31. There will also be a representative from the Central Penn Blood Bank in the cafeteria during lunch periods Nov. 1.
“It’s nice that in this kind of setting, you have young people donating that wouldn’t normally get to do it otherwise,” said FBLA vice president Kimberly Speece. “I think it is just important to donate blood.”
“Even if you think you can’t, you can always go try because you might be able to.”
In order to qualify, students need to be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and cannot have donated blood since Sept. 21. Additionally, 16 year-olds must have a parental permission form signed and turned in before they may donate.
“I think [by donating blood] students gain a sense of pride that they have helped save up to three lives,” said FBLA adviser Amy Sullivan. “I always say that you never know when you are going to need it and there is no substitute for blood.”
In addition to being able to help others, students who donate blood get out of class for an hour to eat snacks, hang out with their friends, and relax. They also receive a free t-shirt.
“I think that a lot of kids think that they can’t be involved in stuff but this is something that they can do for their community and they get out of class, which a lot of people like to do,” said Speece.
The blood drive is a long-standing tradition for FBLA, as the club has been hosting blood drives for decades. During this time, they have collected thousands of units of blood that have helped people in the surrounding community.
“I think it is a good public relations activity for us because we have so many eligible donors and we have such a large population,” said Sullivan. “It’s a good way for us to be able to collect such a needed resource and be able to then communicate that to the community that we have been doing something good.”
FBLA also has a second blood drive scheduled in March, so some students that are not currently eligible to donate blood may be able to then.
“It’s just something easy that people can do,” said Sullivan. “Your body works to replenish it, so why not give something that can be lifesaving?”