Blood drive set for next week

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Senior Mason Burrow gives blood during the annual blood drive.

Mosquitoes are going to have to step their game up because of the fall blood drive Oct. 7 from 8:30 to 3:30 in the Showstopper gym. This year’s drive will be a little bit different to keep students and teachers safe from COVID-19. 

“The main thing is that we will try to keep the students 6 feet apart when they are waiting for their turn. They will keep their mask on until they get in the chair,” health science teacher Stephanie Fincher said. “The chairs will be spaced out far enough to where it will be the social distance also. We will have hand sanitizer before and after we leave and we are just going to limit the people we take in at a time.” 

The blood donated will be given to the LifeShare Blood Center. It will be distributed out to the different hospitals in the area where the need is.

“With the pandemic, there have been a lot of non-emergency surgeries that have been put off and now they have been added back so the blood is really needed a lot right now. They are really low on blood,” Mrs. Fincher said. 

In order to donate blood, there are a few requirements. “You have to be at least 16 with parent permission if you are 17 or 18 you do not need parent permission to give blood. There are some medications and diseases that make you not able to give blood,” Mrs. Fincher said.

You can go to Mrs. Fincher’s in room 723 if you have any questions and to sign up.