Saving lives with blood donations

From left: CVU blood donors club members Rachel Lalumiere, Katie Westphalen, standing, Aleksandra Stamper, kneeling, Lane Waples, Will Colomb, and Elspeth Grasso will help run the blood drive on Jan. 8 from 12-6 pm at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg.

by Alison Kahn and Aleksandra Stamper

What are you doing on Tuesday, Jan. 8 between 12 and 6 pm? Stopping by to donate blood at the blood drive at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg, of course!
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, which correlates to over 44,000 donations needed in only one day. Just one donation of blood can save up to three lives. We need your help. Blood cannot be manufactured so it is up to donors to provide for those in need.

Giving blood is easy yet rewarding at the same time. Those 60 minutes out of your day are worth it. As winter rolls in, illnesses begin to emerge at higher rates and the need for blood donations will become significantly greater.  You may be wondering, “Well who is even eligible?” Though there are restrictions when it comes to who is able to give blood, many people just assume they can’t and never even give it a try. The Red Cross website explains the eligibility for donors in great depth. Perhaps you are thinking, “I would give, but I’m too young.” Here is something that should be brought to your attention: The age requirement for giving blood is 16 years of age (with parental permission). This age limit, which has been lowered within the past year, should be taken advantage of by students across the state. This is an easy opportunity to make a difference in the community.

Students at CVU have taken advantage of the changes that have been made to the age requirement. They have organized a club for those interested in giving blood. This group of 16-18 year olds meets once a week with their club advisor to discuss how to spark more student interest and how to boost the club’s success. In fact, members of the new blood donors club at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School will help to run this blood drive for the first time.

Please consider giving blood to help those in need! Mark your calendars for Jan. 8 from 12-6 pm at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg, tell your friends, and make an appointment today! Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org to schedule an appointment!

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