The following was submitted by student Josh Johnikutty.
On March 8, members of the New Hyde Park Memorial Red Cross Club collected a total of 121 pints during their spring blood drive, surpassing its goal by one pint.
Red Cross officers promoted the blood drive by visiting all junior and senior English classes, sharing the crucial need for donating blood. Officers stressed that each individual has the potential to save up to three lives and addressed concerns and questions of the students.
The procedure involved registration, a mini-physical where iron and blood pressures were checked, the simple donation process and snacks and drinks for the donors after their procedure. During the blood drive, “Buddy” the Blood Drop made an appearance, visiting the cafeteria and gymnasium while enthusiastically encouraging students to donate.
One hundred and twenty six donors were registered – 26 being deferred – for a total of 100 donors. The Red Cross Club had a goal of collecting 120 pints.
Students attributed the success of the blood drive in part due to the Facebook messages, flyers and word of mouth. The Red Cross Club hopes to continuously reach out to others as evident through the success of this blood drive.