By Zachery Swenson and Nick Edwards
For many years Central High school has been the epicenter of the region’s largest blood drives, according to the United Blood Services. The Cobbler 2 Cobbler blood drive scheduled this Friday kicks off a year where four blood drives are slated to play their regular crowd drawing roles. This marks the first year of Central’s Cobbler 2 Cobbler director Tim McGowan’s involvement in the school’s blood drives. He expressed his opinion about the key to a good turn out at this month’s drive: “The number one reason why people don’t donate is because they aren’t asked,” McGowan said. Hoping to beat last year’s September-drive turn out of just over 100 donors, the goal is set high at 169. With the students recruiting it might be possible.
The Cobbler science department’s Heather Linde commented on the success of recent blood drives, saying, “It’s important for students to know how easy it is to help out the community, and the drives give us an opportunity to learn about the human body.” According to the American Red Cross, roughly 38% of the American population can donate, but only 10% actually do. One single donation can save up to three lives. With rising populations the demand for blood has never been higher. What better way to give back to your community?