Photostory: The Blood Drive

A Journey through Dallastown’s most recent blood drive.
The sign signaling the start of Dallastowns annual blood drive, hosted by the Health STAT club.
The sign signaling the start of Dallastown’s annual blood drive, hosted by the Health STAT club.
JD Prelich

On Friday, Nov. 3rd, Dallastown’s Health STAT club hosted their 15th Annual Blood Drive with Central Penn Blood Bank. In order to donate, participants had to be 16 or older and over 120 pounds.


Junior Xander Copenhaver checking in with nurse Diana Radcliffe before donating blood. (JD Prelich)

The first step in donating is checking in. At the check in, a nurse checks the donor’s name and address to see if they donated before, and when, to see if it is safe for them to donate. They also have the donor answer questions about their health, medications that they are on, and when and where they have traveled. These are important because it can affect your blood. A nurse also checks donor’s blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.

This bus is the first thing that donors would see when leaving the pool lobby to donate. There are two busses like this one that can each take up to 6 people at a time! (JD Prelich)

After registration, donors exit the building through the pool lobby doors, and enter through the back door of the bus.

Junior Sean Mundy donates blood at the blood drive. The cuff around his arms squeezes the blood vessels, making the cells be pulled out of the tube in his arm, and into the bag. (JD Prelich)

After entering the bus, the final step begins: Donation. This step takes about 5-10 minutes.

Junior Easton Kern donates blood. A tourniquet is wrapped around his arm to make his peripheral vein more visible from the blood cells backing up. (JD Prelich)

It felt rewarding donating blood. It didn’t hurt and was a quick process, and the doctors were very polite.

— Easton Kern, Junior










Suresh Venkataraman with one of the blood doctors. His opinion on the blood drive is that “It’s just something nice that you can do to help out. It doesn’t take very long, and it’s not painful. Highly recommend it to people next year that are of age.” (JD Prelich)


These shirts are given to donors as a reward for donating. They each signify lives saved. (JD Prelich)

Finally, the donors re-enter the building and are given one of these shirts.

In total, Dallastown collected 34 units of blood from the 34 donors. In total, the blood drive saved up to 102 lives. In preparation for next year’s blood drive, future donors can eat more iron-rich foods and drink more hydrating beverages.

Future donors should also avoid things like caffeine.

After donating, make sure to rest. The body goes through an intense physical process in order to replenish lost blood, so resting will help speed it up.

To reach out to the Health STAT club, email Anya Lebouitz or talk to Mr. Herbert in room 230.

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