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YGC: WSR students organize blood drive

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by Danielle Wagner

WAVERLY (KWWL) A team of seventh graders at Waverly-Shell Rock Junior High organized a blood drive for the Blood Center of Iowa. It's the third year for the event.

Being too young to donate blood themselves didn't stop these junior high students from recruiting as many adults as they could.

"Well a lot of people really need the blood, people with diseases. We just feel it's important because one donation here can actually save three lives. So we try and get as many people as we can," said student Robert Newell.

It was the students who got everything up and running for the blood drive.

"This is a student thing, so as a sponsor my job is to push them into communication and marketing and food prep, but it's really taken care of by students," said teacher John Souhrada.

The seventh graders recruited volunteers, made and bought food and made sure everyone was comfortable after donating.

During this blood drive, 112 people donated with a collection of 84 units of blood. Also interesting to note, 45 of those who donated were first time blood donors.

"When you look at the population about 50 percent have some reason why they can't donate. When you look at the remaining 50 percent, only about three percent actually donate blood. So we're missing 47 percent of the population," said Souhrada.

Teacher John Souhrada said when asked why they don't donate, the common answer is they haven't been asked.

That's why the goal was to make the blood drive as convenient as possible so there was no excuse not to donate.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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