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Donate to save a life

posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:44 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Emmie Fierstine

So many people are in need of blood. The hospitals are having a shortage and they need more people to donate. One way they find donors is through their blood drive which comes to Moorhead High. Everyone should donate if you are old enough. You can save up to three lives every time you donate. When they hospitals get enough blood they will send the extra to other places around the world so more people can get the help they need.

Donating blood can be painful but it’s worth it when you get to save a life. “The prick on your finger is the most painful part but other than that is not as bad as you think it will be. They also give you snacks so you don’t pass out” said Hayley Steffes. The nurses that take your blood take you through and interview you to make sure your blood is safe to donate. They will check your iron levels, blood pressure, and heart rate as well. After the interview and check the nurses will take you to a chair to start donating. They will check your veins to see which vein is the best to donate blood from and easiest to get to and then they will clean your arm and start taking blood. When donating you can sit on your phone or do whatever you need to do to calm down as long as you are squeezing the stress ball they give you. “The whole process takes about 15 minutes, and then you eat snacks for 15 minutes, and then you can go back to class. You will only end up missing about one class to donate” said Steffes.

Many people find themselves signing up to donate and then not showing up for whatever reason. “This year I walked in and 30 people were supposed to donate before I got there and I was the ninth person to donate” said Steffes. It is really unfortunate that so many people commit to something that can save people’s lives but choose to not go through with it. “My motto is that it’s worth it to donate blood even if your scared of needles and pain, because whoever is receiving the blood is going through a lot more pain than you are when you’re donating” said Hayley Steffes.