The Mustang Express
Successful fall blood drive, total success: Successful fall blood driveFriday, September 12, 2008 By Hailey Nygard
Sunrise students stepped up and became everyday heroes by donating blood to help save lives at the biannual SMHS blood drive hosted by HOSA and the United Blood Services. Volunteers received a coupon for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream for donating blood but that did not seem to be the reason most students decided to help out. “I just wanted to save people,” senior Heather Minyer said. Minyer donated her blood to help others even though she has a fear of needles. “I just think of the other people and how they need it more than me,” Minyer said. Other students had some slightly different reasons for donating. “I’m in HOSA, [donating] was strongly advised,” senior Bryan Essig said. Another HOSA member had a more personal reason for donating. “I wanted to try it because I have never donated before,” senior Stephanie Breuer said. Students who were not HOSA members decided to donate as well. They also had various reasons for their decision to volunteer. “I wanted to help save lives,” senior Makaela Glidewell said. “And get the free ice cream.” These students and many more were able to be a hero and donate blood. Other students, however, were unable to donate because they did not meet all of the requirements. “You have to be a certain weight, you can’t be dehydrated, have piercing unless they were done professionally or have tattoos,” senior HOSA member Britlee Hilton said. Other students were turned away strictly because of a lack of time and resources. Those 50 students that were turned away should get another chance at donating next week because HOSA is trying to get the blood bus back. HOSA’s goal for this blood drive was to get 65 units of blood donated. Each unit of blood saves three lives. HOSA surpassed their goal and their previous top blood drive with a total of 70 units donated.