Fall Issue: 2016
Hoxworth nets 35 pints

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Teachers, students, and other faculty members at Kings were lining up to save lives this Thursday at the annual Hoxworth Blood Drive hosted by Kings. This event comes twice a year for the Kings community, one in the fall and another this March on the 9th. King’s has been hosting this event since it started in 2002. 

“We began the blood drive the January after 9/11 in 2002. It was a way to honor those who perished on that day in NY, DC, and Pennsylvania,” said Jorge Gonzalez, the blood drive coordinator.

  • 37 registered donors
  • 29 pints of whole blood collected
  • 3 double reds collected {counted double}
  • 35 total products collected
  • Over a 100 Lives Saved
  • Next Blood Drive – March 9, 2017

Fortunately the turnout for this event gets bigger and bigger every year, changing the location of this event 3 times to accommodate all the donors. This year alone the blood drive had 37 registered donors and were able to collect 35 total products. This means over 100 lives will be saved from the donations made yesterday.

“It has been great to see how it has grown throughout the years and how the Kings Community keeps supporting us.” Gonzalez said.

Doing this event is so impactful for the recipients of the blood but also the donors and the community. Through this event many community members have become donors for life. Some donors even find this blood drive event to be impactful to themselves. A senior here at Kings, Erin Ryan, donated yesterday for the first time.

“I wanted to donate because all my life I’ve had a fear of needles, when I was younger I was so terrified of them I would hide under the chairs in the doctor’s office and it would take my mom and a nurse to get me out. These past few years I’ve gotten a lot better with needles and I wanted to donate blood because for one thing it’s a great thing to do to help someone in need, and it was kind of like a a final step in conquering my fear.”

Many people in the King’s community didn’t even know they were eligible to donate until they learned about the blood drive here at the high school. It gives students the chance to donate with its convenience and the staff on hand are there to ease you through the process since most kids are first time donors.

“I probably wouldn’t have given blood if the school didn’t offer it because I just wasn’t well informed about it and I didn’t know how to go about the whole process. But since I decided to participate I learned how great it is to donate and the school made it so easy to do. Plus saving a life makes me feel like I’m doing something right with my life,” stated Ryan.

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By Katie Ernst

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