Students and teachers roll up sleeves for DHS blood drive

Members of the De Soto High School Student Council prepare the revitalization station for donors at the StuCo sponsored blood drive at the school on Tuesday, April 26. "I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school so this sets a good example."

Members of the De Soto High School Student Council prepare the revitalization station for donors at the StuCo sponsored blood drive at the school on Tuesday, April 26. "I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school so this sets a good example." by Laura Herring

The De Soto High School Student Council is sponsoring its fifth-annual blood drive for the Community Blood Center today at the school. From now until 6 p.m., students, teachers and community members can donate a unit of blood to the center.

Just over 70 students and teachers signed up to donate. The goal for units collected this year is 70.

DHS French teacher Cheron Tiffany was the first to donate Tuesday morning.

Tiffany, who has been donating since she was 18, says she was inspired by her father, a frequent donor, and from her own experiences on the other end of donated blood.

"I've had two transfusions in my life and that's something everyone should think about and should encourage them to donate. You never know when the day might come that you'll need blood. I certainly didn't plan on it but it happened," she said.

For the students, donating blood is the opportunity to help another and set a good example.

"I think it's great that StuCo sponsors the blood drive," said senior class representative Jesse Spencer. "We're supposed to be the leaders of the school, so this sets a good example."

Once senior Crystal Wolf gets past the finger prick for the hemoglobin test, it's all downhill from there.

"That prick is the worst part, it hurts more than the big needle," she said. "But it's worth it because I feel like other people can use my blood more than I can."

Walk-in donations are welcome, those interested should enter through the school office to sign in and be directed to the gym. Photo identification is required.

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