Naples High School is hosting a blood drive on Feb. 23. Students over the age of 16 are able to participate. Donating your blood may sound intimidating, but many find this an important cause to contribute to since one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

When giving whole blood, they simply stick you with a needle and tube connected to a plastic bag,” English teacher Kyle Lindquist said. “Usually, I have been given something to grip and release during the process, to keep the blood flowing.”

Roughly one pint of blood is drawn from the donor during a donation. Donors may feel a slight pinch when the needle is being inserted, but it will go away with time. The entire donation process takes around 20 to 30 minutes. It is important donors stay hydrated and eat when planning to donate blood.

There will be a recovery time afterwards,” event organizer Sarah Burd said. “Then students will be escorted back to their scheduled class.”

Not all students are eligible to donate their blood, there are some restrictions.

“You must be 110 pounds or over,” Burd said.  “You must have the parent consent form filled out and brought to the appointment with you and a valid picture ID.”

Remember to sign up for the blood drive if you are eligible during the week of Feb. 14. Keep a lookout for the sign-up tables in the courtyard by the cafeteria. 

“I think everyone should participate because it is keeping your fellow man alive,” nurse Salley Hernz said. “ It is a show of community and greatly needed when there is a catastrophe in our world.”