By Keonna Wilson
Community Blood Center came to Garinger High School on May 2.
Students registered in the auditorium then headed to a large donation truck to lie down to give blood. The blood drive ended at 1:30 p.m.
Students gave many reasons for donating blood. Danielle Polston said she planned to donate because her blood type can be used to help babies.
I spoke with Ms. Lenora Tibbs, one of the staff who works Community Blood Center.
Q: Where does our blood go to?
Ms. Tibbs: It stays in the community and goes to the local hospitals, for example, Carolinas Medical Center.
Q: What if you have a infection in your blood? Can you still donate?
Ms. Tibbs: You cannot have any diseases. You have to be healthy to donate blood.
Q: How do you get your blood to flow?
Ms. Tibbs: Being well hydrated.
Q: Can you estimate about how many people have donated blood?
Ms. Tibbs: Garinger High School is close to three hundred pints since they started to have drives.
Q: What is the reason for donating blood?
Ms. Tibbs: Giving back to the community, and since Garinger High School has a high African-American population, we have the potential to help many Sickle Cell patients.