The following article was written by JCHS Senior Army Instructor, LTC (R) Richard R. Hodgson
The Junction City High School Army JROTC hosted its second Red Cross Blood drive of the school year on April 11th. Red Cross personnel collected 33 pints of blood from student and staff donors during the drive.
Community service is one of the tenants of the JROTC program and donating blood is a great way to do that. A single donated pint of blood can save up to three lives and 43,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the U.S. and Canada. Considering that only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate and the fact that donated blood can only be stored 42 days, these drives and others like them are crucial.
The JROTC program hosts two blood drives per school year. The next one will be in October with the exact date still to be determined.