Mitchell High School students step up to the syringe and save lives

Blood Drive
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dozens of students at Mitchell High School stepped up to the syringe to donate blood Thursday.

A simple assignment to show entrepreneurship skills was taken to the next level by biomedical students.

“We didn’t really think anybody was going to come up and sign up but when we saw how many kids were we realized that we were doing something right,” Juanita Quiroz, who helped organize the drive, said.

Soon the whole school was involved with what started as a small blood drive.

“Well I was going to do it with my mom and then I chickened out so maybe I should do it to redeem myself over that so I was like, ‘Okay I’ll do it,'” said sophomore Chris Colyer.

So many kids signed up they had to make it a two-day event.

“We have freshman coming up to us saying, ‘oh are we going to have one next year because I want to donate too’ and it feels really good to know that we’re the start of that,” Quiroz said.

About 100 students faced the needle. Some were first timers and others were seasoned donors. 

“It doesn’t even hurt that much but to know that you’re making somebody else feel good and you’re helping somebody else and you’re helping your community, it means the world to me,” said junior Trinity Pearson.

Every blood donation can save up to three lives, and Bonfils Blood Center said they need about 3,000 people to donate each week just so they can serve Colorado.

“If you get the chance to blood donate you should because it’s a great opportunity and even if you’re terrified of needles, it’s only one little pinch,” Colyer said.

The experts at Bonfils said the need for donated blood is crucial to help with everything from major traumas to routine treatments.

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