Giving blood for different reasons

By Taylor Davis — Many of us give blood for many different reasons. Some of us give blood because we have been asked by a friend or family member. Others do it because they know it is the right thing to do. Whatever the reason, the need is constantly there and the contribution is for a good cause. Not only is giving blood an opportunity to save lives, but it is also an opportunity to feel good about yourself by knowing you have done a good deed.

The GlenOak Student Council as well as the LifeShare Community Blood Service recently sponsored a blood drive at the high school including staff, students and the public. It was held on Wed., Nov. 23 from 7:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Many students took time out of their school day to attend the drive and donate their blood.

“Taking part in the blood drive made me feel good about myself,” said junior Alex Russell. “I knew I was helping people who needed my blood and I could’ve even saved a life that day.”

Although giving blood may seem like a simple process, it is actually quite the opposite. There are many requirements needed in order to become a donor.

“I had never given blood before and I didn’t know the requirements needed,” said Russell. “There are many requirements such as no piercings or tattoos within the last 12 months and you must be at least 17 years of age, as well as weighing at least 110 lbs.”

Before donating, a driver’s license or two alternate forms of identification are necessary, as well as a list of any medications being taken at the time. This can help speed up the process.

“I love helping people and by donating my blood, I’m doing just that,” said Russell. “It was a good decision in my life and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Although giving blood can be a frightening experience, the overall outcome is rewarding.

[Updated Aug. 7, 2017: This article has been reformatted for consistency.]