According to the American Red Cross Blood Services, one blood donation cans save up to three lives.
On Monday, April 29 at 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, in the small gym, Freeman students will have the opportunity to make a life saving donation. The Red Cross will be running Freeman’s first annual blood drive to provide blood to patients in need.
Virginia Blood Services, the previous company that ran Freeman’s annual blood drive, has recently merged with the Red Cross, allowing for information they’d used in past years to make sure the drive runs smoothly.
“I founded the Red Cross Club last year and this will be our first fundraiser so I wanted to start with something big to get our name out there,” said Holden Seward, the founder and head of Freeman’s Red Cross club.
The Red Cross club has made posters and placed them in the main hallways, encouraging students to sign up. “We’re publicizing it a lot more than it has been in the past so I’m hoping that it’s gonna be better than it has been in past years, but this is just a test run,” said Holden.
“We hope to have between 50 and 60 donations made,” said Nicole Arnold, the Red Cross Club sponsor. Students must sign up with a parent or guardians permission if they are between the ages of 16 and 17, however students 18 and older do not need a parents permission. “They are scheduling a one hour time block and coming to donate blood,” said Mrs. Arnold.
While the Red Cross club is not using this drive as a fundraiser, there will be alternative ways of donating, without having to give blood. “If you cannot donate blood than you can donate money, there will be a donation box in the small gym where the blood drive is,” said Holden.
Every two seconds, someone somewhere is in need of a blood donation, so waste no time and head to Mrs. Arnold in room 205 to sign up and make a donation.