81 lives saved thanks to K-M Blood Drive
The Kasson-Mantorville biomedical career awareness student organization began having biannual blood drives at the school in 2015.
Since that time they, along with community members, have helped save 675 lives through their blood collection efforts.
That tradition continued last week as the 10th annual Kasson-Mantorville HOSA sponsored blood drive took place at K-M High School.
During the blood drive last week, 27 donors volunteered to donate blood, which means up to 81 lives can be saved. For every pint of blood collected the American Red Cross says that three lives can be saved which is the amount of blood given during a single blood donation.
Jeff Kujath, one of the advisers for the HOSA group, explained the importance behind hosting two blood drives each year.
“Hosting these drives sends an important message to our students that helping others is an important value here at K-M,” Kujath said. “Seeing HOSA members running the drive and seeing their peers donating sends shows that helping others is a value held in high regard in our school community,” he added.