Blood donation is essential as “there are no substitutes for blood, platelets or plasma—they cannot be manufactured,” according to Cedars Sinai.org. East Hickman High School and the Red Cross held a blood drive on Monday, November 21st where all HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America, members were able to watch and learn about all the steps that go into a blood drive.
Students were able to help check people in as well as provide snacks to participants. In total, there were 23 participants collecting over 20 units of blood that could be used to help save lives in the future. Cedars Sinai states that one unit of blood can save up to three lives and that 38,000 units of blood are needed every day in the U.S while only 2% of the population actually donates.