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November 13, 2012

Blood drive scheduled, supplies short

NEW SUMMERFIELD —  Adults 18 and older are welcome to participate in a blood drive Wednesday at the local high school, said NSISD district nurse Brandi Pero.

“The more people the better,” she said. “They always have a shortage of blood in the area, because blood only has a life of 120 days and so there's a constant need for supply.”

New Summerfield High School works with Carter BloodCare of Tyler to host a drive once each semester, starting at 8 a.m. and lasting throughout the school day.

“Students who are as young as 16 who have permission of their parents also can participate, but they must fill out a questionnaire to see if they're eligible – the blood center looks at low blood count and iron deficiencies, so they might not qualify,” Pero said.

Response so far has been positive, she added.

“We do this toward the end of a semester, and the kids try to participate as much as possible,” she said. “It's a good community service for them to participate in, because when they donate (they understand they can) possibly save lives.”

The American Red Cross sponsors a program called the “Red Cord Honors Program” that recognizes students who have donated blood a minimum of seven times during their high school career. Participants receive a red honor cord that is word during their high school commencement ceremonies.

It's an incentive local students enquire about, because “they really enjoy participating” in the drives, Pero said.

NSHS has 68 juniors and seniors who are eligible to participate, “and out of those, usually about one-third give blood,” she added.

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