Every year, FBLA hosts a blood drive to help benefit the community, and every year, some new faces show up, ready to help out by donating blood to those who need it.
One of those new faces is junior Jasmine Kearns, who donated blood for the first time. She saw it as an opportunity to do some good, and was inspired to do so.
“My mom used to donate blood and so I was like, ‘yeah, this is how I can help people,’” said Kearns.
A common experience for many when undergoing any type of medical procedure involving needles, including donating blood, is a sense of anxiety. Many students choose to not even donate because of this, but Kearns was not one of them.
“I was nervous about the needles and the new experience,” said Kearns.
Being too stressed can, in fact, lead to a heartbeat high enough that can make it impossible to donate until it decreases. There are a number of other factors which also may make donating blood difficult, if not impossible.
“It’s not for everyone, but if you can donate, you should,” said Kearns.
The benefits that donating blood can have on the lives of those who need it are very substantial. Donors are responsible for saving lives of blood recipients.
“Overall, I feel pretty proud of myself, I guess, for just getting out there and helping save lives,” said Kearns.
Many students like Kearns were able to donate blood, but it was not easy, as on the day of the blood drive, there was a two hour delay.
“We had to be creative with appointments, and allow people to fit in wherever they could,” said FBLA adviser Amy Sullivan. “The two hour delay has definitely impacted our drive, but we’re doing the best we can.
“Things happen and the officers are used to it, and they’re doing an excellent job at rearranging it.”
Kearns, being 16, was able to donate successfully, unlike other students her age, who required permission slips to donate but forgot them. They posed both a challenge and a potential solution to the scheduling issues caused by the delay.
“Our main issue actually is the 16 year olds who don’t bring their permission slips back, so that gave us a lot of openings,” said Sullivan, “We had to scramble around to find out when those openings were, because we were still hoping they would have their forms today.”
Overall, despite the hiccups, thanks to students like Kearns, the blood drive was a success, collecting 73 productive units for the use of those who need it. This is enough for about 24 typical blood transfusions.