By RAISA BARAKA, Contributing Writer
November 20, 2018
On November 15, North Brunswick Township High School held a blood drive in the auxiliary gym. This being an annual event, was done during school hours and had over 90 students donate to “save a life”. So the question is, what is a blood drive and why participate?
A blood drive is an activity, usually charitable, in which people are requested to donate blood, in this case students were asked to fill out a form beforehand regarding their personal information and if they wanted to donate a unit of blood. This is used for regular transfusions for people with conditions like sickle cell disease and is used to make clotting factors for people with hemophilia. This constant need for blood supply keeps our blood drive constant every year. However like most things in life, there are requirements. Students had to weigh at least 130 pounds, not have left the country in the past year, be at least 17, and overall be healthy. These requirements ensure that your blood is clean as well as valid to be used for different transfusions. Many juniors and seniors participated in this and missed classes, keeping in mind that they might have just saved a life. If you did not get the opportunity to donate blood, this will occur again in the next year.