Drip, Drop, and Save a Life
This Tuesday, October 9th, our school had a blood drive. Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) came to Newport High School and collected the blood of volunteers. Students 16 and older were able to donate with parental permission.
The people from the blood center were here from about 8:30 to a little bit after school.
The blood drive comes to our school twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. If someone wanted to, they could donate both times.
Our blood center sends you a text or email when the blood you have donated gets used.
A few quick facts from INBC: approximately 38% of the US population is eligible to donate, but only about 10 % of those people actually donate, and blood doesn't have a very long shelf life—red cells last in a 6 degree celsius refrigerator for up to 42 days.
Additionally, each year roughly 6.8 million donors give 13.6 million units of blood. That may sound like a lot, but approximately 36,000 units are needed across the U.S. every day. Also, because of the short shelf-life, it can be difficult to build up an inventory of blood if a lot is needed quickly.