Northeast Lauderdale High School holds blood drive

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students at Northeast Lauderdale High got the opportunity to help those in need Friday.

The school held a blood drive just in time for the holiday season. All the blood that is received will go to local hospitals, along with others across the country. There is no such thing as too much of a blood supply, so it’s very important for hospitals to have a continuous stock of blood for patients.

“A lot of different people every year lose blood and so it’s very important to keep blood on the shelves,” says Madison Reynolds, president of Northeast Lauderdale High's Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).

“I work as nurse, and I’ve had it before where I couldn’t even give blood to my patient because we didn’t have anything to give, and we’re calling all over looking for blood,” added Janet Trawick, allied health instructor at Northeast.

Past blood drives at the school have been very successful and the school is hoping for around 100 people to donate blood.

“It’s just such a big deal to us because we really want America to be able to stay healthy and get the blood and other necessities that they need whenever they need them, so it’s very important to us to be able to help with such an important deal,” Reynolds explained.