By A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Sahara White, National Honors Society advisor, is in charge of the blood drive that happened on November 22, 2016. Forty-five people at Keenan donated blood this year, one pint each being given.

“It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to give blood,” White said.

There is a shortage of O positive in the world, so once someone has it, it’s important to give it. The body only has eight pints; without blood people would die.

There are four types of blood: red cells carry oxygen from lungs to the body, platelets are small colorless fragments in the blood, plasma is composed of 92% water, and cryoprecipitate. Average red blood cells’ transfusion is three pints. Single donation can help more than one patient. Whole blood or specific blood can be given. One pint can be given away, and the donor can still live.

“Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood,” Mrs. Maxcine Bowman, school nurse, said.

A single car accident victim can require 100 pints of blood.

The blood is stored in iced coolers until it’s transported to the Red Cross. The bag, test tubes and the donor record are labeled with an identical bar code label to keep track of the donation; the blood is scanned into a computer database.

When test results are received, they are labeled and stored. Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals 24 hours a day.

“It was my first time giving blood to the blood drive; I only gave blood at the hospital,” Senior John Richmond said.

Even though he doesn’t like needles, he gave the blood to save lives.