StuCo Blood Drive A Success

160 students donated blood during Student Council’s spring blood drive March 8.
The biannual blood drive, which has been going on for decades, reached record-setting numbers last fall.
“The Community Blood Center sends us goals. Last fall we about 175 units, which is what they call . That’s just basically StuCo’s goal,” blood drive coordinator Grant Pittrich said.
Due to the hazardous weather this winter, blood drives across the state have been cancelled, and now blood availability is reaching record lows. The Community Blood Center critically needs at least 580 donors each day.
“The spring tends to have fewer , but we put up a ton of posters and tried to get on the announcements a lot. Community Blood Center says they need more and more blood,” Pittrich said.

Donors for the NW blood drive are required to be 17 years old, healthy, have a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5 and weigh at least 115 pounds. For most blood drives the age requirement is 16 with parental consent.
“ talks to all the Shawnee Mission schools and sends out a big basket of things we’ll need. They provide the fliers and the forms for 16-year-olds. StuCo e-mailed the administration, but they still didn’t want to let 16-year-olds in Northwest blood drives,” Pittrich said.
Community Blood Center sends out almost 3,600 units of blood components each week to treat patients in more than 70 area hospitals.
“It’s all centered around giving blood, which is a great cause,” Pittrich said. “Saving lives is as easy as laying on a table for 15 minutes.”

By Hayley Battenberg