Perry Hall Students Participate in Halloween Blood Drive
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Perry Hall High held its annual blood drive on October 29th. Organized by SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Red Cross, the blood drive started at eight in the morning in the school auditorium. An annual tradition, the blood drive added a giving atmosphere to Halloween.
Students who donated blood went through a long process. First, they waited for their turn, some for hours. Then, their fingers were pricked to test for vitamin deficiencies. After passing this test, students got to the main event: having their blood drawn.
For some, the process ended early, like senior Maureen Chokola, who said, “I got rejected because my iron levels were low.” However, these students still dealt with a common symptom of getting blood drawn: stress.
Stress and anxiety were definitely real for Chokola, but she downplayed them.
“I was anxious,” she said, “Needles scare me, but the prick on my finger hurt the most.”
The organizers worked to accommodate students who participated in the blood drive. After donating blood, students were offered juice and water to help with any dizziness they might have been feeling. And even though students have fainted in the past, this year, the whole day went smoothly.