Giving What They Have to Help Those They’ll Never Meet

Mr. Mac’s room, normally a classroom and meeting place on campus for clubs and groups, turned into more of a medical facility for a day this week as students gave their time and more at this year’s blood drive.

Junior Olivia Wells, a member of the THS ASB, helped to organize this year’s event in conjuction with Vitalant. Vitalant provides blood and special services to patients in more than 1,000 hospitals across 40 states.

News from the Nest had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with Olivia to talk about the event.  When asked why she wanted to lead this event she shared, “I’ve always enjoyed helping people.  But helping to organize this helped me be able to help many more than I could do on my own.  To think that there are almost a hundred people whose lives will be changed because of the donations made today makes me pretty grateful for our students and faculty who were willing to give what they can to help people who are in need.”

Planning for this year’s event started back in early December with an informational meeting and then spread through word of mouth.  Wells said, “it was pretty amazing at the end.  If someone had to drop out because they were sick someone else jumped in and was willing to give.”

Ultimate all 40+ spots were filled and a total of 32 pints were donated which will end up helping 96 people.

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“Donating blood requires good blood and a big heart. I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone that would help make a difference in someones life.” – Ashley Pascual

More About Vitalant

Vitalant is a founding member of AABB (a professional organization that provides standards development and accreditation for blood centers) and was a driving force in the creation of America’s Blood Centers (a consortium of independent community blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Vitalant). Both organizations play a major role in communicating advances in transfusion medicine nationwide.

World-renowned, Vitalant Research Institute is engaged in scientific studies ranging from blood donor epidemiology to cellular therapy to virus discovery. Vitalant is a partner in the operation of Creative Testing Solutions, the largest independent blood donor testing organization in the U.S. Several high volume laboratories spanning the country test 75 percent of the nation’s blood supply. Our BioCare for-profit subsidiary has wide-reaching distribution capabilities to quickly and efficiently deliver therapeutic biologicals such as albumin, coagulation factors and Rh immune globulin to hospitals, clinics and physician offices. CanyonCARE Rx, part of BioCare, is a full service pharmacy specializing in medications for hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and other bleeding disorders. And, our organization is self-insured with our wholly-owned subsidiary Canyon State Insurance.

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“I m donating blood because it is the right thing to do and making an impact on someone in need, even though I don’t like needles.” – Mrs. Cherry

The Benefits of Donating Blood

When you donate a pint of blood, you have the chance to save up to three lives. Blood is one of the most important parts of the human body. It fights against infection, brings oxygen and nutrients to the body, and maintains homeostasis. Blood transfusions are needed not just for surgeries but also for: anemic patients, cancer patients, sickle cell patients, and trauma patients. People need transfusions from at most as monthly. 

During the holidays, people are less inclined to donate blood because they are spending time with loved ones. However, people are still in need of blood during the holidays. By donating, you can help others have a quick recovery time and spend more time with their families. 

Thank you to all of our THS students for donating this year. We really appreciate you all who are giving back to others who are in need of blood! 

“It makes me feel good and happy to give back to people who need blood. Also they said my plasma is liquid gold! – Will Costick

The next THS Blood Drive is scheduled for May 7th.  There will be an informational meeting as the date gets closer.  If you have questions about the event or about donating in our next drive please see Mr. Mac or Olivia Wells.

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