HOSA hosts annual blood drive


Caroline Caruso

HOSA is hosting its annual Blood Drive sponsored by Carter BloodCare this Wednesday near the auditorium doors from 8:30-3:30 PM.

Erika Pernis, Managing Editor

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) in partnership with Carter Blood Care held one of their two annual blood drives Wednesday by the auditorium from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

“Blood is crucial to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries, and the shortage of blood supply means that some patients might not get prompt care,” HOSA vice president, senior Stephanie Chung said. “In order to be a help to our local community and hospitals, we host blood drives two times a year.”

Students over 110 lbs and at least 16 years or older have the opportunity to donate blood, with students under the age of 17 requiring parental consent. After giving blood, donors received blood typing, as well as two service hours. 

Donating was emotionally rewarding for senior Nicolly Moreno.

“Emotionally I feel grateful that I’m able to help others with my blood, as well as happy to see so many people donating,” Moreno said. “I don’t have any regrets, I think that donating is something that everyone should do at least once in their life, if they are able.”

Junior and HOSA historian Shannon Christian believes blood donations better the community by not only saving lives but also helping students learn a little bit about themselves.

“Students should donate blood because it is such a vital resource that is always needed, and one pint of blood can save three lives,” Christian said. “Additionally, donating blood can help people learn about themselves, like learning their blood type, or even any sensitivities/conditions. It’s all around a good cause and a way to help the community.”