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In Need of Blood, Cape Henlopen High Hosts Blood Drive

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LEWES, Del.- There is an urgent need for blood in Delaware and across Delmarva. Students on the Cape Henlopen High School healthcare track hosted an annual blood drive with the Blood Bank of Delmarva.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is currently at an all time low. Account manager of the Blood Bank of Delmarva, Ralph Groves, says he hopes that this blood drive will make the quota for the month.

"The principal sent it out to the student's parents, which allowed the students parents to show up. This is usually something we don't have at a high school drive, it's usually a closed drive only for students," says Groves.

Members of the blood drive says the shortage is caused by a lack of donors and frequent no shows during the drives. They say the earlier people can become donors the better.

"We can start them early so throughout their lives they can donate the blood. As I said earlier blood is not something that can be made, I mean it's something that has to come out of another person," says Groves.

Selena Puerta is a senior student in the Cape Henlopen healthcare track. Puerta says working on this blood drive is helping her prepare for her future career. 

"It is teaching us the experience of actual events that are happening and what shortages are going on. It's an opportunity for us to actually save and help people," explains Puerta.

Linda Sapinza is the Cape Henlopen health career pathway instructor. Sapinza says her students are taking their lessons from the classroom and applying them to real world. 

"They escort the patient,  and they know to manage a crisis.  They also know who to get, and make sure patients are fed and hydrated," says Sapinza. 

Groves says he hopes that this drive will make the quota for the month.

Cape Henlopen High School is hosting four blood drives for the 2019-2020 school year. The next one will be held in January 2020. Teacher Linda Sapinza says with the more donations they receive, the Blood Bank of Delmarva will provide scholarships to healthcare track students at Cape. 

 


 

 

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