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Henry Students and Staff Give Their All (Including Blood) for April 30th

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From Mr. Owen, National Honor Society Coordinator: Below are the results from Thursday and Friday's drives. What an awesome turnout! Over the two day drive enough units were collected to save 333 lives! That is amazing!

Drive Date: 4/19/12
Whole blood donation results
Donors registered 61 on the day of the drive
Donors deferred 16
Whole blood drawn 45
Double Red Cell donation results
Donors registered 06 on the day of the drive
Donors deferred 00
Double red drawn 06x2=12
Drive goal 68
Total units for drive 57
Percent to goal 84%
Because blood can be broken down into 3 components Plasma, Platelets and Red Blood Cells the 45 whole blood and 12 double red cell units collected at the Henry High School drive can be used to save 171 lives.
Details
Cancels 00
No shows 11
Turned away 00
Walk-ins 10 people who came to the drive without an appointment
Unable 04 self deferred - unable to proceed through registration
First time 35 1st time donors with Memorial Blood Centers

On April 14th we had a blood drive here at Henry. A collection specialist, Tony Ohnstad, graduated from Patrick Henry and came back to work the blood drive. “Its awesome to be back at Henry and to see my old teachers giving blood”.

Chad Owen said, “We filled up our quota which means we got about 100-110 pints of blood. The good news is we are expanding and doing another blood drive in September. Doing a third blood drive qualifies the National Honor Society for $1000 which they will give out as scholarships!”

The Legacy interviewed to David McCoy '12 about his experience.

What was the process of giving blood like?
Well, first they have you read an informative pamphlet, then you talk to a nurse about the risks and they ask you a few questions about your health, you take a survey, then they sit you down, prep the area they’re going to draw the blood from, and after they’re done they put a band aid wrap on and advise you to take a couple of minutes to eat and drink something before going on with your day.

Why did you give blood?
I gave blood because I hadn’t done it in the past so I feel that since it’s an opportunity to do so and it’s so convenient, why not?

Why do you think giving blood important?
I think its important being able to give what you have an excess of to people who need it, or will need it in the future, for blood transfusions and things like that.

How did giving blood make you feel?
I was nervous but overall it’s the same feeling you would get if you were to make meals for Feed My Starving Children or giving to Toys for Tots.