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WHS Hosting Blood Drive Tomorrow – Here Are Some Tips for How to Donate Blood

by Tessa Brubaker

On Tuesday, January 12th, Walkersville High School is hosting a Red Cross blood drive. If you are 16 years of age with parental permission, you can make an appointment during the school day to donate blood. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to be able to give to others in need.

If you plan on donating, make sure you take the proper precautions to make sure you have the best experience possible. One thing that a lot of people get denied for is they do not have enough iron in their blood. This is not dangerous to your health but it will prevent someone from being able to donate. If you are concerned about this then you can always take iron supplements or eat red meat like steak the night before.

The most important thing you need to do before you donate is to drink a ton of water. I can not emphasis this enough. Drink a lot more water than you normally do. If you think you are drinking enough water you probably aren’t and should drink more. This will make your experience so much easier and less painful. If you are not hydrated enough you could potentially get a bad headache, nausea or even pass out. So trust me on this, drink water. You will be so happy you did.

Something else that also helps is eating a well balanced breakfast the morning of. In high school, it’s very easy to wake up late and run out of the house without getting anything to eat. Go to sleep the night before at a reasonable hour, wake up maybe 15 minutes early and eat a good breakfast. My sophomore year when I donated blood someone next to me passed out because he didn’t eat any food at all that day. Don’t be that person.

Some students at Walkersville share their experience with donating. Junior Eowyn Campbell said, “I passed out twice last time and I’m pretty nervous but I want to do it again.” Some students like senior Carly Hickman have difficulty with donating. She said, “I passed out when I donated blood, so it wasn’t very enjoyable for me.”

Senior Julianna VenDouren said, “I think donating blood is such an important thing to do to help those in need. It can be uncomfortable when you do it but you feel accomplished afterwards because you know that it’s for a good cause.”

I have donated blood three times and each experience for me has been easy and mostly painless. If you take the proper steps before then you will be fine. Giving blood is something that is very easy to give back and afterwards you know you did a good thing. Good luck to everyone giving blood tomorrow!