ISHPEMING — January is National Blood Donor Month. To wrap up the month, Ishpeming High School hosted a blood drive on January 31.
The U.P. Regional Blood Center bus parked outside the school from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Students came between classes throughout the day to donate blood.
The Upper Peninsula is experiencing a critical need for blood donors. Student and National Honor Society president Kayla Koski says that Ishpeming High has done blood drives before, and they thought this was an especially good time to do it again.
“We do a group project every year, so this year we chose to donate blood,” said Koski. “We did it last year too, so we thought it was a good thing to give back. They’re low on blood right now, and we knew that. And we did it last year so we knew how to set it up, so we thought it would be good, especially now.”
A large number of students had expressed interest in giving blood prior to the drive, and they saw a good turnout on Friday.
To learn more about donating blood to help with the critical shortage, you can learn more about the U.P. Regional Blood Center or find your nearest donation center here.