By Bella McCarey
Every year, winter brings not only crisp weather and holiday joy, it also companions the sense of giving. Red Lion offers many options for good samaritans to satisfy the need to help others less fortunate than themselves.
There is one interesting way to give that might not immediately cross people’s minds and that way is offered right here at the high school: the Blood Drive. It’s fast, it’s simple and it saves 3 lives.
The Blood Drive provides the opportunity for people to step outside themselves and contribute something to the community.
The Blood Drive took place this year on Monday Dec. 16 from 8 am until 3:30 at the high school. According to adviser Mrs. Jane Dennish, 53 pints of blood were drawn from donors potentially helping 159 patients in local hospitals.
The process of signing up and giving blood is was fairly easy, as long as a student meets the requirements set up by the Central PA Blood Bank. Some of these requirements are that the student must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 16 or older, and did not get a tattoo in the 12 months leading up to the donation.
There are a few changes to the Blood Drive this year. Sophomore Tristan Schluderburg said, “We switched from Red Cross to Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. It’s easier, plus we get to use the blood mobiles.”