For tenth year, Colonial blood drive brings in donors to save lives


Colonial’s older students helped out at the blood drive.

COLONIAL GYM — Colonial School participated in a blood drive for the New York Blood Center on the evening of March 19. Over the past 10 years, as a school, Colonial has saved more than 1,000 lives with the blood collected.

This year, adults donated 21 pints of blood at Colonial.

Just one blood donation can save three lives. So imagine, if every kid in the school was to find just one adult to donate blood. Colonial alone could save hundreds of lives.

The event was coordinated by the school district in conjunction with the Red Cross.

“I didn’t know we had a blood drive, but I think it was definitely crucial to have one,” said Eli Murray.

“I think having a blood drive is important because a lot of people don’t have the healthy blood they need to live,” said Ian Feldman.

Adults came to Colonial to donate to help people who need blood. Without red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body, white blood cells (leukocytes) to fight off foreign invaders and infectious disease, plasma (the liquid part of your blood) or platelets to act as a natural bandage for cuts, patients need transfusions.

There were two ways to give blood. The traditional way involves being hooked up to a bag. However, donors can also be hooked up to a machine and have their blood turned into products for hospitals. If you give blood the traditional way, most people give one pint of blood, and the process takes 10 to 15 minutes. If they use the machine, the process takes 20 to 30 minutes, and two pints are taken.

Over 200 years ago, blood cells were discovered with a microscope. And later scientists discovered how to perform a transfusion. Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, world renowned scientist, discovered red blood cells on April 5, 1674. Later, in 1818, James Blundell, a British obstetrician (someone who specializes in women’s health), performed the first successful blood transfusion.