This Wednesday, over 110 Students and Teachers participated in the Oceanside High School Blood Drive, organized by the school’s Key Club and run by the New York Blood Center. The drive took place from 8:15 – 2:35 in the auxiliary gym, where students 16 and older could donate blood, after taking part in a questionnaire. The questionnaire questioned and assured the safety of the donor and the recipient of the blood.
“From organ transplants to heart surgeries, today’s advanced medical care relies on blood transfusions. When one person donates a unit of blood, it can be separated into individual components to save multiple lives. Blood donors help meet the daily transfusion needs of cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, and many more.” (nybloodcenter.org)
According to Mr. Zylbert a social studies teacher at Oceanside High School and first year advisor of the key club, alongside Mrs. DeJose. New York Blood center left Oceanside High School with 118 units of blood. “The key club is very happy with the outcome of this year’s blood drive, and we are hoping for an even bigger outcome in the spring!”
For every pint of blood up to three lives can be saved, if you are interested in donating blood or services to the New York Blood Center, come to the next Oceanside High School Blood Drive or click the link below for more details.