When junior Kaitlyn Grant gave blood on Oct. 15, she was, in one small way, giving back to the organization that helped save her life.
“I was two months premature, so I wouldn’t even be here if someone hadn’t donated the blood to help,” Grant said. “It’s a great system, and it’s really easy to help.”
Twice a year, TC Roberson teams up with Red Cross and holds an annual blood drive. This fall, AFJROTC cadets once again hosted the drive and worked with the volunteer process.
“What they’re doing is giving back to the community. [The blood drive] helps with cancer, surgeries and all sorts of other things,” Sargent Anthony Kelly, a JROTC instructors, said.
“A lot of my friends did it, and I think it’s also a really great cause. Its something that I never got to do before,” senior Kate Watson said.
According to the Red Cross Association, 5 million patients in the U.S. need blood every year, and just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
“It’s definitely a good cause. People are getting blood who need it,” senior Jazzy Al-Aidy said.
The Red Cross uses certain requirements such as age, height and weight to ensure the safety of blood donation for both the donors and recipients. All donors are checked to determine they meet eligibility before giving and for most, the process is simple. Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood.
Sophomore Michelle Cobb feels that the age requirement is too restrictive, however.
“I can’t donate because I’m not old enough, and I don’t reach all of the requirements. I feel that some of the requirements are necessary, but I also feel that if you want to give blood in high school, you should be able to,” she said.
Blood donations help millions of patients in need. The organization holds more than 200,000 blood drives each year and said they always make their way back to Roberson because of the school’s support.
“I think people should donate blood because people who are sick don’t have enough to get better. And it makes you feel really good. You fee like a much better person afterwords,” junior Amanda Pricherd said.