By: Corinne Minnick, Online Copy Editor
James River hosted this year’s annual Blood Drive on October 19th and 20th. The drive was held between 7:30am and 12:30pm in the auxiliary gym.
The requirements for donating blood include: you must be 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs. You also must have a signed consent form filled out completely in ink to donate regardless of age, and a valid I.D.
“I am donating blood because it’s a great way to help someone out that isn’t as fortunate to be as healthy as me, and to hopefully get them one step closer,” senior Gena Delano said.
Many James River students are lining up to donate, but the need for blood is endless.
“I would encourage someone to donate blood. It’’s just a small part of your day and it could help someone significantly. Also, imagine if it was your relative who needed the blood. You would donate for them in a heartbeat, so why not have that attitude for everyone?” Delano said.
Donating blood takes approximately an hour and 15 minutes but the actual drawing of blood only takes about 10 minutes.
“It’’s important to donate blood because taking that small hour out of my day could potentially save someone’s life,” Delano said.
James River’s fall blood drive is over, but there will be another blood drive in the spring.
“My experience donating blood was good! I’ll definitely do it again in the spring,” Delano said.
Although the school’s fall blood drive is over there are many other places to donate blood if you wish. Visit http://www.vablood.org/ to learn more about how to donate.