QHS students, staff donate 24 units of blood
On Monday, November 5, Quinter’s Student Council hosted the American Red Cross for the first Blood Drive of the year. Each year, Quinter hosts two blood drives: one during the fall and other before Spring Break. The Red Cross sets a goal of 22 units of blood with a maximum of 27 donors.
Sponsor Kelli Getz prioritizes student donation because she believes that if a students first time is in a safe, familiar environment then they will more likely become lifelong donors.
“The blood drive is one of the many things that students look forward to every because the students that participate do it for the right reasons: the kids love to donate because they know they could be saving someone's lives,” stated Getz.
StuCo purchases plenty of snacks that donors can eat after donating and if they feel weak throughout the day. They also encourage students to drink plenty of water and consume iron before donating.
“If we make our goal for both drives, we are eligible for scholarships every year. In this drive, we beat our goal with 24 units,” quoted Getz. “The day of the drive was a little stressful because we thought we wouldn't make our goal because of smaller class sizes and sickness. Our students, staff members, and even community members are super helpful if we need more spots filled.”
“For being a first time blood donor, I really enjoyed giving back and knowing that I was saving lives,” commented senior Blake Selensky.