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Argyle HS blood drive donates enough to save '219 lives'

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Although giving blood might seem like a frightening idea for young individuals, Argyle High School students and local donors were eager to participate in a recent blood drive.

In total, 73 units of blood were collected. According to health officials at Carter BloodCare, this is equivalent to saving 219 lives.

“We have been struggling for blood donation recently and this blood drive will help so many patients,” said donor recruitment consultant Susan Holt.  “It was reported to me that the students were very polite and the student volunteers were a big asset to the success of this blood drive.”

This is student council sponsor and English instructor Terra Lyon’s fifth year being a part of the blood drive.

She believes the student council members do a great job of not only volunteering to help out at the event, but spreading the word to their fellow classmates.

Sophomore Hannah Wildeveld learned about the opportunity to donate blood through discussions in class.

“This is my first time donating and I am very nervous,” Wildeveld said. “But since I have never done anything like this before, I thought I should just go for it.”

Kyle Kelsey is a junior at Argyle High School. He donated at the previous year’s blood drive and was eager to donate for a second time.

“It gives us an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives,” Kelsey said. “It’s great to have this opportunity at school. It’s easily accessible and we don’t have to go far to help out.”

The next blood drive at the high school will take place February 2015. For more information, visit http://argyleisd.com.

Brianna Vela is a public relations intern with the Argyle Independent School District.

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