HOSA Fall Blood Drive Exceeds Its Goal

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According to Tyrone HOSA adviser Mrs. Christie Taylor, the annual HOSA Fall Blood Drive was a big success, exceeding its goal of 25 units.

“We had 37 in-school appointments and nine from outside the school. We are very happy to reach our goal,” said Taylor.

HOSA has been organizing the blood drive for almost five years but this year was even more important because the need for blood donations is greater than ever.

According to the American Red Cross, the country is facing an emergency blood shortage. Due in part to the COVID Delta variant, blood donations have reached their lowest levels of the year, decreasing about 10% since August.

The blood drive is a great way for students to help the community, not only in a physical way but in an emotional way.”

— Senior Drue Christine

“Throughout the pandemic, we have experienced challenges collecting blood for patients from blood drive cancellations to surging hospital demand,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Biomedical Services, in a national press release, “Now with decreased blood donor turnout, our Red Cross blood supply has dropped to the lowest it has been at this time of year since 2015.”

But Tyrone students answered the call, as most of the donations came from students.

“The blood drive is a great way for students to help the community, not only in a physical way but in an emotional way. Donating blood saves lives and strengthens the local communities,” said Tyrone senior and HOSA member Drue Christine.

HOSA will sponsor another blood drive in the spring at TAHS for students and staff who are interested in donating blood.