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Lee HS Jrotc hosts blood drive

Students gather to donate blood.

Students unite to donation blood for a great cause.

Blood, sweat, and tears, but mostly blood was the key elements to having another successful blood drive hosted by Lee High School's JROTC Battalion. Planning and organizing had actually began two weeks prior to the actual blood drive with the recruiting of fellow students before and after school as well as during both lunches. During the previous two weeks, Lee JROTC cadets volunteered their time to inform and sign up peers and teachers, while the dancing Blood Drop mascot encouraged even more donor support. By the end of the sign-up period, more than 134 people had signed up to courageously donate blood.

The Wednesday before, three of the Volunteer Battalion officers, accompanied by First Sergeant (Retired) Hector Reyes, attended a Thank You Gala.  It was hosted by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for all local high schools that hosted blood drive events the past year. “It was a great experience," said Cadet 1st LT Makayla Weisel. "Before going out there I had already decided I was not going to donate, but after seeing how this selfless act could impact someone else, even save another person’s life, it definitely changed my mind.”

Staff from the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center arrived bright and early to the JROTC Armory and set up a satellite blood donor center. With the help of the JROTC Cadets, the operation began the day before. The cadets cleared the classroom for the equipment layout the following morning. Students anxiously began lining up at the doors as soon as school started. Cadet 1SG Hillary Martinez said, “The building was packed. I’ve never seen the armory so full of people. The best part was that everyone who was there wanted to offer their help and support.”

Between the staff and cadets working in concert, donors stated they felt safe and comfortable. Cadet Sergeant Deloris Howell, a first time donor, said “I had an amazing time. I was nervous at first but the nurses reassured me and talked to me the whole time. I felt awesome after knowing that I had done it!” By the end of the day 100 pints of blood were donated by the mixture of students and faculty. Another first time donor, Axl Hernandez said “Its feels nice to save lives, I did a dual so I saved twice as many.” According to statistics, the 100 pints of blood will help save 300 lives.

There are many myths about donating blood, including that it will hurt a lot and you will pass out. Often times because of these misconceptions, people will leave it to someone else to donate. According to out of the 38% of the American population that is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually do. And more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day in the U.S. “I think by having high schools host these types of events, we learn at a younger age the importance of donating blood and that we can make a difference," said Weisel. "The more people know what it’s really like to donate, the more people will do it.”

Jacob Aguilar

Cadet Jacob Auilar sits quietly as he donates blood.


The JROTC Armory is prepped for the Blood Drive.

air rifle range

The Air Rifle Range was used during the Blood Drive.


Posted on October 21, 2013