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Students help others by donating blood

Charlie Baker, a senior at Connersville High School, is getting prepped to donate blood ata blood drive in the high school gym on Thursday.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Connersville High School students gave to those in need during the blood drive at the high school Thursday in the gym.

“I like knowing that I’m helping someone who needs my blood more than I do,” senior Cyra Stamper said.

CHS hosts a blood drive about twice a year. Students who are at least 16 can donate blood after a check-up with the nurses at the blood drive. 

“My hemoglobin level was too low for me to donate,” Faith Spivey, a senior, said. That means the red blood cell count was too low.

To test hemoglobin levels, a nurse simply pricks the students finger to get a small sample. If the test reveals that the hemoglobin level is low, a person has to wait until the level is higher. 

“I was wanting to donate because I like helping people. I’ve donated before, this would have been my fourth or fifth time.” Spivey said. 

Charlie Baker, another senior, said he had given blood before.

“This is my second time. I’m not scared of needles,” Baker said, as the nurse prepped him and looked for his vein. “I just want to make a difference in the community.”

The Indiana Blood Center hosted Thursday’s blood drive. Blood collected is sent to the Blood Center’s lab and tested before it is given to any patient. The testing includes 15 different tests, such as sexually transmitted diseases, West Nile and hepatitis.

“It is a wonderful thing to have young people willing to help others by donating blood,” Randal Judd, CHS principal said. “We are very proud of them for this community service.”