Nixa hosts blood drive

    Blood drives can be found in many places: American Red Cross, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, CSL Plasma, and if you’re a student at  Nixa High School, you have another option: Nixa High School had its first blood drive of the 21-22 school year on Nov. 16. 

   “Donating blood helps out many people. When one person donates blood, three lives are saved,” cabinet teacher Alexander Edwards said.

     Nixa High School’s student cabinet hosted the blood drive and they understood that some may feel a bit of anxiety about getting their blood drawn. Nixa High School’s blood drive allowed them to partake in something that could possibly save a life.  

“Giving blood is a helpful thing to do. It’s a way to give back to the community and help those in need. You can make a difference in someone’s life,” Dennis said.

  Donating blood can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. For some, making sure you are in the right mentality and are physically healthy is very paramount. After you donate there are a few things that can help with the lightheaded feeling, fatigue, and nausea.

   “Donating blood is a physical thing but it can be emotionally draining as well. Definitely rest, eat lots of food, and drink lots of water. Don’t do anything too overly stimulating,” Dennis said.

   According to Community Blood Center website, although 37 percent of the U.S. population is capable of donating their blood, less than 10 percent actually donate their blood. Nixa High School is getting younger people started on solving this ongoing problem. Your blood is always needed.