On Wednesday, January 15th, THS will be working with Vitalant to host this year’s blood drive to help do our part to save lives. When you donate blood, it doesn’t just help people during disasters. From surgery to fighting cancer to giving birth, blood donations are used to save around 12,000 lives a day. A lot of the medical care we take for granted wouldn’t exist without blood donations.
ASB President Blake Fardanesh donating at last year’s THS Blood Drive
Millions of patients—and their families—count on generous volunteer blood donors and our dedicated staff to make sure lifesaving blood always is available.
Every day in the U.S., patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately:
- 36,000 units of red blood cells
- 7,000 units of platelets
- 10,000 units of plasma
About 6.8 million volunteers give blood in the U.S., which is nearly 26 percent fewer donors than at the beginning of this decade. The result is nearly 4.2 million fewer donations each year. Together, we can reverse this trend and help more people realize their life-transforming potential.
Many people believe that most blood is needed after major disasters. However, daily personal emergencies and ongoing medical needs of thousands of patients require a constant and ready blood supply. It’s the blood already on hospital shelves that saves lives.
Staff and faculty don’t feel left out – you can give as well – Mr. Lewis giving blood last year.
Students and faculty here is your chance to help save lives. There will be an informational meeting during lunch on Friday, December 6th during lunch in Mr. Mac’s room, B-11. There are age, height and weight requirements and there are limited spots so please try to attend this meeting if you are interested in attending. If you have questions see Mr. Mac or Olivia Wells.
A message Mr. Lewis received after last year’s drive notifying him that his blood was used for a transfusion for someone in need.