Students help save lives by giving blood; next drive scheduled for Nov. 21

By Sandra Santos, Lufkin High School Panther Growls staff member

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Seventy-three Lufkin High School students signed up for the school’s blood drive at the end of August — 13 more than Student Activities Director Ty Cauthen’s goal.

Sophomore Felicity Ortega smiles during the blood drive held in Lufkin High School’s Purple Gym in late August. (Photo by SANDRA SANTOS/Lufkin High School Panther Growls News)

Cauthen said he hopes that number will grow even more for the next blood drive, which is scheduled for Nov. 21 in the Purple Gym.

Much of the blood donated is given to hospitals in Lufkin, but some is distributed in other parts in our area. A student who had donated earlier  told Cauthen he gives blood when he has the chance because a family member needed a blood infusion, so now he tries to help others.

“Donate, save a life,” Cauthen said.

Cauthen encouraged students to still sign up for the next drive even if they are nervous or unsure.

Sophomore Alexandra Montoya smiles during the blood drive held in Lufkin High School’s Purple Gym in late August. (Photo by SANDRA SANTOS/Lufkin High School Panther Growls News)

At the blood drive, a nurse will do a checkup and questionaire to see if you are able to donate. Once you pass everything, you have a choice to choose a pint of Blue Bell ice cream or a T-shirt as a reward, then a nurse begin the blood draw. The nurses make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Once you finished with the donation, nurses suggest staying at least 15 minutes to make sure everything is good. They provide juice and snacks to make sure you have eaten and are well hydrated.

Sign-up for the next blood drive will be available during lunch.