On Nov. 29, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a club for students interested in medical professions, hosted a blood drive with Carter BloodCare, and collected a total of 83 units of blood from 83 students.

“It is important to donate blood because everyone needs blood,” explained HOSA officer, Angelina Kang. “Every two seconds someone needs blood, and our blood can save a life.”

Students who give blood end up helping a variety of people.

“Blood is not only used in trauma patients. It is used for blood loss during childbirth or illnesses like iron-related cancers,” Kang explained.

By donating, students can also work towards their red cord. In order to receive a red cord, students need to donate their blood to the HOSA Blood Drive twice during the school year. HOSA will host their next blood drive during spring of 2019.