By Page Picker and Paola De La Cerda

Umatilla High School’s Key Club will host its third blood drive of the school year on May 25.

It is a partnership with the American Red Cross because that organization needs people to help donate blood for those in need. It’s a great way to help someone and students always have fun donating blood for those in need. You’re doing a great thing by doing this for other people.  You can save life. You can change someone’s life by just donating blood.  

The blood drive will run through the school day, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the UHS gym.

“ My goal for this blood drive is 27 units, a unit is a little bit less than a pint,” said Key Club advisor Mr. Chris Early.

Photos from the second Key Club blood drive at Umatilla High earlier in 2017. 

Mr. Early wants a donator to drink lots of water and to eat a good breakfast that morning and a good dinner the night before to be prepared. “A good breakfast isn’t a donut and coffee is something healthy that is good for you, ” Mr. Early said.

American Red Cross slogan is “Give Blood, help save lives”. On May 22 Key Club members will circulate a signup form around the school during third period to create a schedule for donations that day.

You need to be at least 16 years old and you have to have a parent’s signature. If you’re older than 18 you can do it without a parent’s signature. You also have to be at least 110 lbs to be able to donate blood. This is so you won’t be able to faint easily.  You have to be in good health and you have to be feeling good that day. If you have donated blood in the last 56 days you can’t donate blood.

To be able to donate blood you need to be able to proof your age and and identification like a drivers license, green card, credit card, state ID, employee ID, passport or student ID. You need to be able to identify yourself and you age and height because you need your height to see how much you weigh. If you’re just a student and doesn’t have a ID of any kind you can always just use your birth certificate or just a parent or guardian to verify your age and everything.


Featured art is by Alex Ford