Blood drive runs smoothly

Those with faint-hearts beware, or at least stay away from the new auxiliary gym.

On Friday, Nov. 8, Key Club put on the school’s annual blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anyone, student or teacher, over the age of 16 could sign up to participate and donate blood for the American Red Cross.

“I was really looking forward to the blood drive because it’s for a really good cause and we always have a really good turnout,” senior Key Club president Miranda DeBellis said.

Each person donated one pint of blood, which can save up to three peoples lives. The goal was to collect over 60 pints of blood.

About 80 students signed up to give blood, but many were turned away because the didn’t have enough hemoglobin or iron, didn’t meet the height and weight requirements, or weren’t hydrated enough.

“The day went really well, even with all the people we turned down,” DeBellis said. “Everything was right on schedule and we even had time left for some walk-ins.”