SPARTA, NJ – The National Honor Society students at Sparta High School held their annual blood drive last week. The auxiliary gymnasium was filled with volunteers, intake stations, snack tables and cots for blood donors.
Once again there was strong support for the drive at the school. According to National Honor Society adviser Danielle Kopp, a total of “113 people, students and staff, came to donate, though 18 were deferred and could not donate.”
The total collection for the day was 114 pints of blood; 75 whole blood and 20 Alyx which equals 40 pints said Kopp.
Alyx Component Collection System uses advanced technology called apheresis to safely collect double the amount of red blood cells. The blood is first separated in the Alyx machine, collecting the much needed red blood cells returning the remaining blood products to the donor.
Junior Jeremy Dericks said, “I was told that the donation was more beneficial if I used Alyx. I was told it was also easier so I saw that as the best choice. It was a little longer but it was worth it. It was for a good cause.”
Senior Jared Sasdi said, “I like giving blood because I’m O- [a rare blood type]. When you have so much why not give.”