Every semester of each year, Forbush High School organizes a blood drive with the American Red Cross. The Forbush Health Occupations Students of America Club’s students volunteer to work at the blood drive which goes on during the school day.
The club members tell Adrianna Sloan, the HOSA teacher administrator, what time they can work during their classes and she assigns them the job they have to do at the blood drive. Jobs include working at the canteen, the donor room, registration, a runner, or a photographer. This semester 82 student volunteers worked at the blood drive.
One hundred and sixty-seven signed in to give blood, but only 154 actually met the requirements to donate. In order to donate a person has to be 16 or older, and if they are 16 they have to have parent consent. Also, a person can’t be underweight, underage or have low iron. One hundred and forty-two units were donated. More blood was donated this semester than fall semester by three units.
This is a big opportunity for HOSA members to get volunteer hours while experiencing part of the health world. The blood from these donations is used for blood transfusions and research. Donors can feel confident in knowing that the blood they contributed is going towards a good cause. Events like this is just part of the way Forbush, and organizations such as the American Red Cross are working to make a difference in other people’s lives and the world.
Sydney Dinkins is a student at Forbush High School.