In the wake of news about the devastation caused by the typhoon in the Philippines and only a year after Hurricane Sandy, Orange High School students wanted to do their part to help. Sixty students over the age of 16 stopped by the OHS gymnasium on Thursday to donate blood.
"I thought it would be good to do something nice," said junior Ben Levine. "People who need blood can use mine and that would definitely be saving lives. I'm glad I can help."
OHS nurse Mary Massey coordinated the blood drive for Orange. She noted that 20 percent of the blood supply in Northeast Ohio comes from school blood drives and that blood collected helps cancer patients, premature infants, accident victims and those needing surgery. Students and staff who stopped by helped contribute 46 pints of blood donating, potentially touching 138 people’s lives.
“Kids learn there’s no way to manufacture blood. This is a direct life-saving benefit to the community,” Massey said. “Kids are really happy knowing this is directly impacting lives. There’s a lot of volunteer service these kids can do; this one has a direct impact.”
"I like being able to help people," noted senior Sean Campbell. "Now other people can use the blood when they need it."