Schroon Lake Schroon Lake Central School students are asking for “the gift of life.”
The school’s senior class will host an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1 to 6 p.m. in the school auditorium.
“By donating blood you can actually help save the lives of up to three people,” senior Katelyn Rose said. “Currently only about 5 percent of the eligible population donates blood, but in order to meet the constant need, I am personally asking you to take advantage of this opportunity to give the gift of life.”
Rose hopes the entire school community as well as the community at large will participate in the blood drive.
“In order to reach our blood drive goal this school year it is crucial that we have the support and participation of our faculty, and even our parents,” Rose implored faculty and staff. “So please rise to the challenge by not only encouraging your eligible students to donate, but also by setting an appointment to donate yourself.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood call Rose at 532-0590.
Currently only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood, although most people are eligible to give. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
Red Cross staff and volunteers will sign donors in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
Donors will read information about donating blood and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license or other form of identification. Donors will then answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about their health history and places they have traveled.
Red Cross staff will check a donor’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.
The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which donors will be seated comfortably. The process is safe and sterile. Red Cross staff and volunteers will be available to answer any questions.
After donating, donors receive a snack and something to drink. They can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with normal daily activities.