Loy Norrix High School held a blood drive on April 24th. Many students decided to donate their blood in order to save the lives of others. This was the first time donating blood for the majority of the students to be eligible to donate.
Before donating blood, students had questions circling around their heads such as “Will it hurt?” “Will I get light headed?” and “ How long will the process take?” Now that the blood drive is over, students are able to answer these questions themselves.
Seniors Chris Miller and Jovaughn Carver both donated blood for the first time on the 24th. Miller did it for the free food and to get out of class while Carver did it to help save lives.
“If I had the chance to save someone’s life I would, and this is the closest I would get to that,” said Carver.
Neither Miller nor Carver got light headed because of all of the water and food that was supplied at the drive. Both also said that it was not a very painful process.
“I didn’t really think it was going to hurt that much and I wasn’t surprised,” said Miller.
According to Carver, the process took a little over an hour but only because there were so many people ahead of him. The actual needle only stays in your arm for about 8-10 minutes though and that’s if you’re donating a whole pint.
When asked if they would do it again, they both said that they would and that it was well worth their time.