East holds successful biannual blood drive


JIwoo Lee ('24)

The Blood Drive chairpeople worked hard to create a successful blood drive.

On November 15th and 16th, The Great Blood Drive Charlie Brown occurred in the East Library Annex. Students at Cherry Hill East were able to donate blood, but the blood drive was also open to people in the community. Around 200 students donated to the blood drive this year, which will impact the lives of the people receiving the blood. Just one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. 

This year’s blood drive theme was The Great Blood Drive Charlie Brown which is timely due to the fact the blood drive took place around Thanksgiving. Participants received shirts with the image of Charlie Brown that read “You’re a good donor Charlie Brown.” Other than receiving the shirt, there was a variety of food catered for this event including Manhattan Bagel, Kibitz Room, Classic Cake and Chick-fil-A. People in the community were able to donate blood until 8 p.m. 

“Blood Drive was very successful this year! We had a great turnout and had such supportive teams of volunteers helping us out,” said chairperson Sophie Heidt (‘23). 

Heidt, along with the 10 other chairpeople, helped plan and promote the drive as a whole. The chairpeople organize the blood drive to be an experience that participants will enjoy by providing for the patients and setting up for the drive. They ask local restaurants for food donations for participants to enjoy. Overall, donating blood makes a significant impact on someone’s life.

Donating blood is so important because there are so many people out there who are in need of blood and helping save someone’s life with this opportunity is rewarding. This organization is admirable and well known in the community and is always successful. This year’s fall blood drive was a huge success. There will be another blood drive in the spring.