The Ozark Blood Drive

By  Sierra Sayers, Reagan Despain, & Amberly DuMond

Giving blood is an amazing experience that can save lives (not to mention you get free snacks), but many people might be resistant to giving blood because they are afraid of the process. We went to the blood drive here at MCHS and asked some questions to some of the students who donated to hopefully alleviate fears and encourage more students to donate next time.

Tashawn Williams (before blood)

Why did you decide to give blood?

“I want to save people’s lives.”

What procedure would you like to donate to if you got to choose?

“I don’t have a specific one I just want to help people”

Was there someone who influenced you to give blood?

“No I just wanted to experience it for myself”

Are you nervous about it?

“No, needles and blood don’t bother me”

What are you most excited about?

“I’m most excited about watching the blood go down the tube”

Lily Parnell (before blood)

Why did you decide to give blood?

“I’ve always wanted to give blood, and I really just like to help people”

What procedure would you like to donate to if you got to choose?

“People who get into car accidents or surgeries”

Was there someone who influenced you to give blood?

“No not really”

Are you nervous? 

“I’m not too nervous I’m just excited”

What are you most excited about?

“I’m most excited to know what the feeling of my blood leaving is like”

Gracie White (after blood)

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How do you feel?

“I was feeling dizzy and sick. My arm was cold too, but I’m feeling okay now.”

Would you do it again?

“Yes, I loved this experience”

Did your blood body and nurse treat you well?

“Absolutely, they were very nice and reassuring”

Did they provide good snacks?

“Mhmm they are delicious”

What was the worst part of the whole experience?

“The finger prick was the worst part. I’ve never had it done before”

Jared Maggard (after blood)

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Did it hurt?

“Yes, my entire arm went numb and I couldn’t lift it”

How do you feel?

“I feel just fine”

Did you faint?

“No, but when I stood up I got a litle dizzy”

Was this your first time?

“Yes”

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much did it hurt?

“A 6/10, it wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t too nice either”

Jade Jackson (after blood)

Was this your first time giving blood?

“No I give blood every year”

Did it hurt?

“Not at all”

Did you faint or get dizzy?

“No, I’m a champ”

Was was the worst part of the entire thing?

“Feeling the blood on my arm”

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much did it hurt?

“A 1/10. It was literally nothing”

Ryan King (blood buddy)

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Why did you become a blood buddy?

“I became a blood buddy because I was on the roster to become one”

How many people have had you as their blood buddy?

“One”

Have you seen anyone pass out yet?

“No, but some of them get up and you can tell they’re dizzy”

Do you want to pursue in a medical career?

“I want to become a pharmacist”

In 1995, area civic and medical leaders formed Community Blood Center of the Ozarks with one simple mission: “To provide a quality blood supply, in a timely manner, at the lowest reasonable fee, while remaining accountable to the local community, blood donors and health care providers.”

Giving blood could not only change someone’s life, but maybe even stop it from ending. 

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