National Honor Society Hosts Annual Blood Drive

Hylton students and staff donate 52 units of blood.

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Nida Khan

Senior volunteered their time to come

Hylton’s National Honor Society (NHS) hosted a blood drive on Nov. 21. More than 50 students and staff members came to the auditorium to give blood during their classes and lunch shifts. Together, they donated a total 52 units of blood. The average blood transfusion requires 3 units of blood according to the INOVA hospital. Individuals may require much more blood depending on the severity of their need. For example, an individual may require up to 100 units or more of blood.

“I donated blood for the chance to save lives and make a change,” said senior Dylan Davis. “I gotta share my liquids.”

This year’s blood drive was organized by NHS sponsors, Mrs. Kristinna Abalos and Mr. Christopher Brown. The Hylton blood drive was originally started by beloved librarian, Mrs. Dawn Moulen, and is still going strong. Sadly Mrs. Moulen passed away last spring after a long fight against breast cancer.

Abalos is personally connected to the cause. As a stage 4 ovarian cancer survivor, she’s had many blood transfusions herself over the past few years. Abalos and Moulen went to chemotherapy together and developed a close friendship.

NHS holds blood drives annually as a service project providing NHS’s upperclassmen members with a chance to volunteer and earn service hours. If you want to learn more about donating blood, visit https://www.inova.org