WESTFIELD, NJ — On Feb. 27, the Westfield High School Community Service Club partnered with The Blood Center of New Jersey to host a blood drive at the high school. Approximately 73 people donated.
The blood will be used in local hospitals to help patients who are suffering from traumas, cancer, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and other disorders. It only takes about 45 minutes to donate blood and every pint donated can save three lives, according to www.bloodnj.org.
Due to winter storms and illnesses, many people have not been able to give blood this season.
“The weather this year has caused a rise in cancellations of blood drives throughout the country, especially in New Jersey. Local blood supplies are extremely low and need donations especially this year to make sure the patients who require transfusions are able to survive,” said Eric Herber, vice president of the Community Service Club.
“This year was a very bad year because of all of the snow storms,” said Jeff Ochital, a representative of the blood center. “There were about five days that we couldn't collect blood at all.”
Junior Amanda Spiezio was one of the students who came to donate.
“I heard that there was a blood shortage and I wanted to help out,” said Spiezio.
“I donate every time they come. Why not give a pint of blood when I can save a life?" said senior Tyler Debbie.
For more information about blood donation, and to find places where you can donate blood, go to www.bloodnj.org.