On March 2, Helias Catholic High School will host their yearly blood drive against Father Tolton High School. Helias hopes to once again beat Father Tolton for number of blood units donated. Last year Helias beat Father Tolton, donating 110 units to their 75, and obtained a trophy for their victory and of course bragging rights. The blood drive will take place in the old gym from noon to 6 p.m., and any student able to donate is welcome to sign up and give blood. Helias hopes to pump up the competition by pumping out more blood units than last year, and keep their prized trophy.
(Last year’s blood drive trophy sits in the counselors’ offices at Helias Catholic High School.)
Many people donate blood for different reasons. They might have a unique blood type that is more rare and harder to obtain, or maybe they feel obligated to, because they know someone will benefit from their donation. Some Helias students may donate because of their fellow students who have medical conditions and need blood, for this reason the blood drive holds special significance for them. Then there are some students who just donate because they feel it’s the right thing to do.
“I do the blood drive because I am capable, and truthfully, I see no reason not to,” said Jordan Wright, frequent donator at Helias. “My blood type can be given to anyone with positive blood, so I donate it because I know I could potentially be saving a large demographic of people with my donation.”
Wright has been donating blood for four years and has a personal connection to the blood drive as well.
“I always think back to my cousin who used to have a blood disorder and need transfusions frequently,” said Wright. “One of the things that motivates me is that I could potentially be helping a kid like him.”
Although some may be apprehensive to donate either from a fear of needles, from the sight of blood, or from the thought of something being taken from their body, to other people it can be fulfilling, and rewarding given there’s always a little treat at the end.
“My favorite part about giving blood would have to be the part right after the donating period is over,” said Wright. “The needle is out of my arm, I have done the good deed (fought the good fight), and now all I have to do is rest and snack for 15-20 minutes.”
An additional reward which is appealing to some students is that they may get out of class for donating.
Although the process may be scary to some, the deed goes to a good cause none the less, according to the Red Cross. For anyone scared to donate, veteran Jordan Wright has some advice.
“In order to help overcome the fear of donating, don’t look at the needle(s), keep calm, and remember why you’re donating in the first place,” said Wright. “A little perspective helps make the whole process a lot easier.”
(Artwork, titled “Battle of the Blood Drive,” created by Kaden Quinn.)