Katelyn Rose, senior class president, and Tiffany Ramirez work on plans for the class blood drive at Schroon Lake Central School.
The Schroon Lake Central School senior class wants to leave a lasting impression.
That’s why the class will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive Monday, May 7, noon to 6 p.m. at the school auditorium.
“Our goal is to have between 60 and 70 people,” said Katelyn Rose, class president. “The more people who are willing to give, the more lives we can save. For every pint of blood donated three lives are saved.”
People can contact Rose at 532-0590 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appoint.
Walk-ins are also welcome.
Rose said planning the blood drive has been rewarding.
“Helping others and getting to meet new people, overall it’s just a great experience,” Rose said. “Thank you in advance to everyone planning on donating, including teachers and staff at Schroon Lake, students and community members. It’s greatly appreciated.”
Those donating blood will have a chance to win a $50 Lowe’s gift card.
The Schroon Lake blood drive is especially important, according to Red Cross officials. March blood donations were 8 percent below levels from a year ago leading to a shortage. Officials blame spring allergies.
“The early blooming of plants and trees has some people feeling under the weather due to allergies, and they’re not able to give blood,” according to a Red Cross statement. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a much lower-than-anticipated turnout for blood drives. Our blood supply has dropped to extremely low levels. While a number of factors could be contributing to the decline, blood donors in some parts of the country have indicated to our recruitment teams that allergies are impacting their ability to donate.”
Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
Only 5 percent of eligible donors across the nation donate blood, but the number of transfusions nationwide increases by 9 percent every year, according to the Red Cross. Each whole blood donation can help as many as three people. One unit is divided into three parts: red blood cells, platelets, and plasma.
More than 38,000 blood donations are needed in the U.S. every day.