United FFA hosts blood drive

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Eric Olson, United FFA Chapter treasurer, is shown preparing to donate blood, the gift of life.

The United FFA recently concluded a school blood drive. The Mississippi Valley Regonal Blood Center coordinated this effort held at the United Ag. Complex on Nov. 24. The drive lasted from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“We had over fifty students and faculty members donate blood.”  according to chapter and section FFA President Ellen Reeder.

“To have fifty kids donate in a school of just under 300 is awesome, we definitely saved some lives today,” said chapter secretary Grace Simpson.

According to Mississippi Regional Valley Blood Center statistics, every one pint of blood saves three lives.

For many people this was their first time donating blood. “It was a learning experience for all of us.” said agriculture teacher, Brian Cirks, who was  a first time donor. “The influence of the blood drive affects many lives. United High School has made a difference in our community,” he said.

“Hopefully, this is the first of many blood drives the United FFA will host.”