WDC National Honor Society students organize blood drive
Wadena-Deer Creek High School’s National Honor Society held a blood drive today, where students and staff had the opportunity to donate blood and help save lives. Today’s NHS blood drive was so successful, it broke a new unit record!
Senior NHS members Jennifer Craig and Morgan Zeise coordinated the blood drive as their community-service project. They worked hard to pre-register students and staff to be donors, put up posters, promoted the blood drive on the radio, and recruited NHS members to help serve as “blood buddies” for the drive.
Their goal was 54 units of blood. After the day-long blood drive, they surpassed that goal with 62 pints – and it’s the first time WDC has broken the 60-unit mark.
“We are very happy with today’s blood drive. It feels really good to know we are saving lives and making a difference,” said Zeise.
According to Craig, two-thirds of the donors were students and about one-third was WDC staff. “Of those students, 16 were 16-year-old donors, who gave blood for the first time. That’s awesome!,” said Craig.
“Having blood drives at schools is such a good idea because it gets students to donate,” said Nicholle Gerde, American Red Cross team supervisor. “If one friend does it, than that encourages others to be a donor. This kind of blood drive is a good way to get young people started and hopefully, become a life-long donor.”
The American Red Cross team from Alexandria and St. Cloud set up their mobile site in a portion of the Auxiliary Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The WDC NHS is made up of juniors and seniors. Dawn Hamelau serves as advisor.