Killeen Independent School District high schools are going for blood.
Each high school has paired up with the Scott & White Blood Center to host a blood drive on campus and will recruit students and staff members, as well as members of the surrounding communities, to support their schools and donate during the annual “Blood Wars” competition.
Members of Harker Heights High School’s Health Occupation Students of America are organizing the event for their school and have reigned supreme as the victors for the last several years.
Important for community
“This drive is important for us and our community because blood can save everyone’s life,” said Marlee Angland, sophomore and HOSA president. “Especially with all the wrecks you hear about, there needs to be blood available for when someone needs it.”
Donations given at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple also can be designated to go toward a specific school and will count for school points.
Schools get points
Each high school will receive one point for every unit of blood collected at its campus drive. Once each school has completed their blood drive, the school that has collected the most units will be presented with an engraved trophy.
The competition kicks off at Harker Heights High School from 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 27-28.
“When you donate you are saving a life — your boyfriend, parent, relative, man on the street,” Marlees said. “Being able to save a life is reason enough to donate.”
The month of May begins a critical period for the blood supply at Scott & White Blood Center that lasts throughout the summer.
“Roughly one out of every seven people that enter a hospital will need blood, which is a lot of blood even on a typical day,” said Dr. Walter Linz, medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center. “However, when you combine the increased number of traumas that occur during the summer holidays and the decreased amount of donor traffic coming through to donate over the summer, the need for ongoing blood donation of all blood types quickly becomes an urgent issue.”
Donors can win prizes
Donors will receive a free T-shirt, coupons from local businesses, and the chance to win some great prizes.
In addition, eligible students will receive one community service credit hour for their donation.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh more than 110 pounds. Each donor must present a picture ID in order to be registered to donate.
Most medications are fine including blood pressure and cholesterol prescriptions.
Call 254-724-4376 or go to bloodcenter.sw.org.