Blood drive: First-time donor

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The National Honor Society hosted its first blood drive of the school year provided by the Coastal Bend Blood Center on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Senior Addison Meschi discussed her first experience donating blood.

 

What made you decide to donate blood?

“I decided to donate blood because, not only did I know it was going to help someone, but I wanted to see what it was like.”

Did it go the way you expected?

“I was so nervous when I walked into the blood donation bus. I didn’t even know what to expect.”

How did you feel after you donated?

“When I gave blood I found the whole experience to be so cool. It wasn’t as scary or painful as I thought it was going to be.”

Would you donate again?

“I would definitely donate again. It made me feel really good to know that I was helping someone.”

 

Students must be 17 or older and must weigh at least 110 pounds in order to donate blood. A blood donation bus parks at the school a couple times a year to allow students to donate. Future blood drive dates are to be determined. If students donate blood at least three times throughout the school year, they will receive a red cord for graduation. For students who are unable to donate for any reason, the red cord program allows the student to still receive a cord if they get five people to donate for them.