by Jolijt T '11

BSGE “vants to suck your blood”; First Annual Drive

Junior Oren Shafir
looks a little pale but insists
that he isn’t nervous.
The nurse pricks him with
a needle, suggesting that he
look away first. Then she
attaches the tube, a thick,
long tube that was put in his
arm, to a blood bag. Oren
explains, “It only hurts as
soon as they put the needle
in, after that you don’t really
feel it.”
Oren was one of
many dapper students to
give blood at BSGE’s first
ever blood drive on February
5th. Junior Theresa
Coticchio, clutched her registration
and admited that
she’s “afraid of needles,”
but believes it’s for a “good
In total BSGE
managed to surpass their
goal and collect 38 pints
of blood from the students,
teachers, faculty and parents.
This means we saved
the lives of up to 114 people
since a pint can save up
to three people.
The drive was
organized by the Helping
Hands Committee and was
held in the school library
from 8am-1pm.
To donate
blood, students had to be at
least 16 so unfortunately
the majority of BSGE was
not yet eligible. The school
required permission slips
from every student donator
to avoid any trouble.
Donating took less
than an hour. First donors
had to register and were
then interviewed about their
medical history by trained
staff. Each donor had his
or her temperature taken,
blood pressure, iron level
and pulse checked to check
that he or she qualified. A
pint of blood was drawn
from each donor, which
takes about 5-7 minutes,

and then they were allowed to rest, sip juice and nibble on cookies.
Senior Kimberly Banjoko said that, “when you first get off the chair you feel a little dizzy.” After donating you’re not supposed to do any heavy lifting for about five hours but most people reported no hindrance to their daily activities.
In America, every 2 seconds someone needs blood because 1 out of every 3 people will at one point need a life saving blood transfusion. However, in America, according to the Red Cross, only 3 out of every 100 people donate blood.
Lately there has been a citywide blood shortage. According to the New York Blood Center (NYBC)

they’re down to a three-to-four day supply and they’ll need to start rationing the amount of blood going out to hospitals. It has yet to reach emergency levels but the agency is nervous about the next few weeks. According to the NYBC the holiday season through about the second week of February are tough weeks blood supply wise. Twenty percent of NYBC’s blood supply comes from students so school vacations, like the summer months, result in a lot less donors.
Volunteers are allowed to donate again in 8 weeks. If you missed the drive or were for some reason temporarily ineligible and you’re interested in saving a life please go to to find a blood center near your house.

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