By Lauren Broker
The IHS Red Cross club held their annual blood drive on Friday September 21st in partnership with the nonprofit organization, American Red Cross, where students could donate blood throughout the entire day. Additionally, student volunteers were present and helped with everything from paperwork and sign-ins to handing out snacks to donors.
The event itself had gone even farther to accomplish its goal than club members had originally anticipated. Officer and host of the event Justin Doan spoke out saying, “ The blood drive was an astounding success, we managed to far surpass our goals with a total of 47 donors. With every single unit of blood donated, a life is saved.”
Students who participated expressed their reason for donating to be for the good of the people. “Honestly I was scared at first but I’m glad that I did! After all there are people who need it more than me, and I think that justified my decision more,” said Pauline Ong.
Event host and club officer Tiffany Pham explained the importance of the blood drive, saying, “Donate blood to save a life! The blood drive is important because it ensures that enough blood is collected to meet the needs of of those whose lives depend on it.”
Not only was the American Red Cross organization thankful in the amount of donations, but the club itself expressed its gratuity saying, “We would like to thank everyone who turned out for the drive and saved so many lives. We look forward to an even greater turnout for our next blood drive in January and together, save lives!”
Catch the IHS Red Cross club holding their next blood drive in January 2019 and look out for sign ups so you can donate too!