By: Megan Marcum, Contributing Writer
The CHS National Honor Society hosted a Red Cross blood drive at the Christian Church on March 12, 2020. NHS has been hosting the blood drive for at least ten years.
The blood drive brings in several donors-some are experienced and some are new. Mrs. Erin Higginson, CHS math teacher and NHS sponsor, said, “NHS hosts two blood drives per year as two of our philanthropy projects. During the blood drive on March 12, 2020, we registered 42 donors, collected 41 units of blood and recruited 17 first-time donors.” On average this blood drive attracts 42 donors.
Through joint efforts of NHS and Key Club, two or three $250 scholarships from the American Red Cross Blood Services will be given to members of the 2020 graduating class.
The American Red Cross is reporting blood shortages due to the coronavirus. The American Red Cross website states, “The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.”
In order to donate blood, there are a few requirements that must be met: you may donate every 56 days, you must be in good health and feeling well, you must be at least 16 years old and you must weigh at least 110 pounds. If anyone is planning to donate, check the Red Cross website and make an appointment online. You may also complete a Rapid Pass to speed up the donation process. If you are interested in being a donor, please see the links below:
American Red Cross: