North Forsyth Bleeds for Charity

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  • Senior Jacob Wood holds up his appointment card while he waits in life for his health and safety check.

  • Red Cross medical technicians prepare their equipment for the upcoming donations.

  • Senior Alex Wiggs retains a cheerful and excited attitude as a pint of his blood is withdrawn and placed into a transfer bag.

  • Bags full of blood are being prepared to be packaged into transportation boxes for shipping to hospitals.

  • Red Cross boxes full of donated blood await loading as the blood drive winds down to a close.

  • Senior Katie Mulko refreshes herself at the recovery table following her successful donation. Donors are required to spend some time at the table eating and drinking products high in suger in order to replenish their strength.

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On Monday, March 10, 2014, the students of North Forsyth began to enter the old gym and sign in for their time slots at the Red Cross blood drive. Arriving in waves split up throughout the normal school day, countless students meeting the specific health requirements of the Red Cross were allowed to donate blood for future blood transfusions.

Student donations are incredibly important to the Red Cross and similar orginazations. High school students make up roughly one third of all the donors used by the Red Cross anually, according to the supervisor for North Forsyth’s blood drive, Bryan Butts.

High school blood drives are critical in order to “save lives and recruit future donors” Butts explained. Without the high level of participation that North Forsyth and other high schools put out, blood transfusions would be made that much harder to complete.

By the hundreds, North Forsyth is saving lives.