Last week Leonia High School’s National Honors Society hosted LHS’s annual Blood Drive. What has been a Leonia High School community service event for approximately 20 years continued to draw blood donors on February 27, 2023. The event took place in the LHS gym, where participants registered for a time slot via a QR code provided by the outside organization, Vitalant.
Members of the National Honors Society organized this all day event with the support of their adviser, Mrs. Bozik. National Honors Society members highly encouraged other students to participate in the event by making announcements and placing flyers all around the school.
All donors were required to be at least 16 years of age, 110 pounds, and free of any detentions. Members of the community were also invited to donate blood giving them a chance to give back to the community. Vitalant was the outside organization used for this year’s annual blood drive.
By donating blood you get the chance to greatly help severely harmed hospitalized patients. According to Vitalant, “Every day in the U.S., patients in hospitals, surgical centers and emergency treatment facilities need approximately: 29,000 units of red blood cells 5,000 units of platelets 6,500 units of plasma.”
The donations that were made during this blood drive could be the most precious gifts anyone could give to others, the gift of life.