By Paige Carlin
The Community Service Club will hold a blood drive sponsored by the Blood Center of New Jersey on Dec. 17 in the Student Center.
The Blood Center of New Jersey’s mission is to serve the patients, physicians, hospitals and medical centers in New Jersey by providing high quality blood in the safest way possible, according to bloodnj.org.
“The goal of the blood drive is to get people in high school to start donating blood, so that they will continue to donate in the future,” said Mr. Jeff Ochital, a representative from the center who is organizing the drive along with the Community Service Club.
To meet the needs of 25 hospitals and medical centers, the Blood Center of New Jersey needs to have 250 people donate blood every day.
The club will be passing out permission slips in the cafeteria the week before the drive in order to raise awareness, according to Hynes.
Said Club Adviser Mr. Warren Hynes: “There are two key things that we have to do as the Community Service Club. One is to make sure that people have access to permission slip forms, and the other is to promote [the blood drive] and make sure that people know that it’s happening.”
Said junior Vice President Julia Simpson: “Every contribution is significant, and people usually approach WHS blood drives with enthusiasm. It’s really amazing, the number of people who show up and feel strongly about the cause.” According to Simpson, about 75 people donated blood in the drive last year.
To participate, students must be in good health, a minimum of 16 years old and at least 120 pounds. Visit bloodnj.org to see all guidelines for blood donation.