On Tuesday, August 28th, Queen Creek High School hosted a student blood drive. The blood drive was organized by Queen Creek High School’s HOSA sports medicine organization, with Dr. Casey Erickson as the adviser. At the blood drive, 95 lifesaving donors stepped up to donate, resulting in 77 procedures for the community and reaching 108% of the Queen Creek High HOSA blood drive goal. The blood drive took place from 7:45 am to 12:15 pm in the school’s gymnasium. To participate in the blood drive, students were required to fill out a minor donor permit if they wished to donate their blood.
The drive was a part of Volkswagen’s Summer Drive to Save Lives, a campaign between the car dealer and United Blood Services Arizona Operations. The campaign started on May 25th and will end on September 7th. Volkswagen dealers in the Valley automatically enter participating blood donors into a contest to win a 2018 Tiguan 2.0T S. An opportunity that high school students specifically can take part in is the United Blood Services High School Blood Drive Challenge. This challenge emphasizes community service and focuses on lifesaving activities, according to the United Blood Services’ website. The 2016-2017 school year saw more than 21,000 blood donations from schools across America.
United Blood Services is a nonprofit community blood center and has been in service since 1943. The original center was founded in Phoenix and was known as the Salt River Valley Blood Bank. Their centers provide blood, blood components, and special services for patients in over 500 hospitals in 18 states, including Arizona. The national headquarters is located in Scottsdale. On their official website, www.unitedbloodservices.org, there are options to make an appointment to donate blood at a center all over Arizona, including Tucson, Scottsdale, Goodyear, and Phoenix, or to get involved with the center.
The next blood drives will be held on January 29 and April 30, 2019. Anyone who is interested in donating blood at the next Queen Creek High School blood drive should contact Dr. Casey Erickson at [email protected] for more information.