Hesston High School students rolled up their sleeves and got to work at saving lives on Friday, Nov. 18.
Over two dozen students took part in the annual Hesston High Blood Drive, sponsored by Student Council and held by the Red Cross.
For many students, it was a first-time experience giving blood.
“I have wanted to give blood since I was a freshman. I have been telling myself, ‘I have to do this!’ I like the fact that it is something really simple I can do to help people that need it,” said 16-year-old Allison Zielke.
Zielke said while she was initially nervous about her first donation, it went smoothly.
“I think I’ll make it a regular thing. I’ll definitely come back next year. It hurt about as much as I thought it would – just a pinch and sting,” she said.
Caylee Richardson, also 16, said she was ready to donate.
“I can help someone and it’s a good thing to do,” she said.
Richardson admitted to being apprehensive about her first-time donation.
“I was nervous to start, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I thought the needle would hurt, but the finger-prick actually hurt more than the needle. I’ll be back next year,” she said.
Patrick Deegan found donating blood was an altruistic way to fight though his own fears.
“This is my first time. I thought it would be a good thing to do. I’ve had a few needles before like this and I still don’t like it. I don’t like needles and I want to get over it,” he said.
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