Earlier today, the Collinsville High School Student Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute sponsored a blood drive where 95 students and faculty came to donate blood.
The blood drive has been a regular feature of the student council, usually held in the spring according to student council advisor Laura Sheehan.
The now biannual event has consistently had active participation from students. Last year’s blood drive brought in around 70 blood donors according to Deirdre Stock, STUCO blood drive co-chair. Throughout the day, a steady a stream of students waited, gave blood, or recovered in the high school’s media center and choir room.
“I wanted to donate to Daniel [Malon]… [and] to help.” described Angelica Lopez.
The blood drive offered the option for blood donors to designate their donation to a “patient credit account for Daniel Malon”, according to a form retrieved at the blood drive.
There currently is no blood shortage with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. As of 10:32, the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Communications Manager described their current inventory as “doing great”. However, students are still encouraged to give as the agency serves “167 medical facilities across Oklahoma”. The minimum age to donate is 16 with parental consent, 17 without parental consent for certain sponsoring organizations, and 18 with no parental consent.
A date for the Spring blood drive has not been announced yet. Students interested in giving blood at that blood drive or another should visit the Oklahoma Blood Institute for a comprehensive listing of all sponsored opportunities to give blood.