Sarah Himmelsbaugh ’21: In these unprecedented times, a little kindness goes a long way. The medical field takes a prominent role in everyone’s life, especially now. This year, as with each spring in Romeo, an important way people can help continues to be by donating blood. 

According to the Red Cross, people across the country need approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells every day. Blood donations prove a huge necessity to support those who need transfusions. For example, a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. Cancer patients, Sickle Cell Anemia patients, and many other illness-ridden individuals will require blood transfusions each day. 

What does this mean? Hospitals and transfusion clinics need YOUR help. 

That’s why the National Honors Society at RHS is sponsoring a blood drive on May 17th, from 1-7 pm. In order to adhere to COVID restrictions, the drive will be taking place at the Washington Lions Club. 

Especially this year, a blood drive takes incredible coordination. Tori Johnson ‘21 will be the student lead for the drive this year. As NHS sponsors the drive, students will have the opportunity to earn service hours in addition to contributing to this important cause. 

“Seniors – if your hours are done, you can earn hours on behalf of a junior,” added Mrs. Gedert, NHS advisor, in her latest email. 

A signup for volunteers — for setup, donations, and clean up afterwards — will go out shortly after spring break. Please consider volunteering and supporting those who need it the most. You can also recruit other participants. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Gedert or Tori Johnson via email at pamela.gedert@romeok12.org or victoria.johnson@student.romeok12.org.

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