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          BPA Students Participate in Local Blood Drive

          Contributed by Newton High School

          On January 21, American Red Cross took over NHS’s wrestling mezzanine. The concrete room was transformed into a makeshift nurses office. Students reclining in green plastic lounge chairs were scattered throughout the room as nurses collected their blood donations. Although many were donating for the first time, they successfully made it through their appointment and decided it was not as bad as they imagined it to be. BPA member Ashlynn Hamm said, "I think it is important for people to put their own fears aside in order to save lives. I think we had a successful drive and made an impact to those in need." Out of the 66 people that attempted to donate, 48 students and teachers donated blood, including eight BPA members. Each person who donated saved up to three lives. "I was very proud of my BPA students who volunteered to donate blood and their time to help others. Donating blood is a great way to give back to our community," said BPA leader, Melinda Rangel.

          Hospitals have been running severely low on blood so having young teenagers donate makes a dramatic impact on their blood supply. Since blood can not be manufactured, volunteers are necessary for the survival of those needing transfusions. Volunteers donated up to one pint of blood. Most adults have ten pints of blood in their body. This amount lost is quickly replenished by your body within a day. Many people fear donating because they do not want to make themselves sick or weak. However, donating blood doesn't cause any harm to the body at all. But those who do donate feel a sense of heroism because they are saving others lives. "Why not give my blood to someone who really needs it? My body produces more than what I need to live," said senior BPA member Evelyn Chairez.

          Newton High School and BPA Students Participate in a Local Blood Drive

          8 BPA members x 1 hour = 8 hours

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