Students have at least two compelling reasons to donate blood: the first, to fill an on-going demand; the second, to earn community service hours.
“Canadian Blood Services needs blood badly, and I try to make the boys aware of this,” says Wendy Pries, Community Services Coordinator, responsible for helping students find volunteer opportunities. According to the agency’s website, they are less than half way to the 200,000 donations needed by July 1.
After a five-year hiatus, SAC students are again making donations. A group of students attended local clinics in February and May, and Mrs. Pries plans to present even more opportunities next year.
The process is simple. After registering at a clinic, donors are asked to answer questions to verify eligibility. It takes about 10-15 minutes to draw a 480 ml donation, and you can give every 56 days. Each donation can save up to three lives.
The SAC students were given a short “biology class” with a nurse/volunteer, who explained in detail how their blood would be used after being separated into three different substances.
“Your or somebody you love is probably going to need blood someday, says Mrs. Pries. “Won’t you donate with us?”