Sierra Lutheran High School Conducts Blood Drive
by Claire Cochran, Sierra Lutheran High School · 1 min read
MINDEN, Nev. — The Sierra Lutheran Student Government hosted a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The event took place in the Sierra Lutheran High School gym, but was open to all members of the community.
All blood donated during the drive was given to United Blood Services and will be distributed to local hospitals.
Student Body President Elaina Marchegger said that is what makes the blood drive especially important – the blood goes “directly to people in our community who need it most.”
Eighteen students and members of the community came by Sierra Lutheran on Wednesday to donate their blood.
The process, although time consuming, is not difficult. After ensuring that participants meet the height, age, and weight requirements, employees of United Blood Services interview the potential donors about their lifestyle to ensure their blood will be beneficial to the recipient. If everything checks out, it takes just thirty minutes to give blood.
The blood drive is a long-standing service project for SLHS’s Student Government organization because there’s always a need. United Blood Services alone benefits more than 25 million people, in 500 hospitals across 18 states.
As Marchegger explained, “There’s a big need and many people don’t know they can donate.”
By hosting a blood drive, Student Government is not only gathering donations, but they’re also raising awareness and educating the student body about this important need.