Havelock High students give at blood drive

Published: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

He admits that some student donors have alternative motives for giving blood.

“I know how teenagers are,” he said. “Some of them just want to get out of class.”

But, he said that motive may change once students give blood for the first time.

“The whole point is to expose them to donating so hopefully they will be life-long donors,” McLeod said. “This is the perfect place to give because there is somebody to take care of them, and when they go back to class there is somebody to watch them, but most of them are fine. There are very few negative reactions.”

He said getting the students to donate takes little effort.

“Most of them sign up on their own,” he said. “It’s not anything that we have to do to make a major push. We have some kids out there with some sign-up sheets, and we have a few teachers talk about it, but it just seems to happen. They just want to step forward, and it speaks well of them.”

Other blood drives in the area this month include from 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the St. James United Methodist Church Community Life Center on Orange Street in Newport and from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Carmike Cinema 6 on McCotter Boulevard in Havelock.

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