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David Shedd, principal, gets his blood drawn to help out HOSA. Red Cross sent the blood drawn to those in need.

David Shedd, principal, gets his blood drawn to help out HOSA. Red Cross sent the blood drawn to those in need.

Photo Courtesy of Casey Hinshaw.

David Shedd, principal, gets his blood drawn to help out HOSA. Red Cross sent the blood drawn to those in need.

Photo Courtesy of Casey Hinshaw.

Photo Courtesy of Casey Hinshaw.

David Shedd, principal, gets his blood drawn to help out HOSA. Red Cross sent the blood drawn to those in need.

Kortney Huggins, Staff Writer

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On Oct. 30, Ola hosted the first blood drive of the school year with the help of American Red Cross and third year Allied Healthcare students.

About 75 students and staff donated blood. Among the staff donating blood, David Shedd, Nick Ellis and Charles Chavous, administrators, went in the morning to donate.

“I donate blood because it’s an easy way to serve. A way to save a life or three,” Shedd, said.

The majority of people gave blood for the first time, so they were concerned.

“I was nervous. I was scared it was going to hurt really bad but it didn’t hurt, it just felt weird,” Cecilia Boyd, junior, said.

Before donating, blood donors take a survey making sure that they are healthy enough to give blood. Once completing that process, donors have their iron levels checked as well as their blood pressure and temperature. Once donors completed the process, they received a t-shirt and snacks to help avoid lightheadedness and fainting.

“We give cookies and drinks and make sure they stay hydrated,” Amelia Rush, junior and third-year healthcare student, said.

Students and staff were satisfied with the outcome of donating blood. Along with the snacks and t-shirts, donors left with the good feeling of helping someone in need.

“I would donate again. The people were really nice,” Jacey Cosby, junior, said.

Finding a vein can be hard for doctors and nurses. The American Red Cross ask that blood donors have a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

“Avoid fast foods and a lot of salt. Whenever they take your blood, sit down or you’ll pass out. But just relax and have a conversation with the person taking your blood to stay distracted if you’re scared,” Rush said.

Typically the Allied Healthcare students and American Red Cross hold a blood drive at the school twice a year.

A student must be at least 16 years of age to donate blood. Ola will host another blood drive during the second semester.

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Kortney Huggins, Writer

Kortney Huggins, junior, at Ola High School and first-year reporter on the "Hoof Print" staff. Pursues a career in journalism, due to her love of writing....

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