Partnering with the American Red Cross, senior Leonardo Eisner de Eisenhof is hosting the second annual blood drive in the Benvenuti Gym on Friday, Dec. 14.

Anyone 17 years old or older — as well as anyone 16 years old with parent permission — can donate.

“You can save up to three lives with the pint of blood that you donate,” Eisner said. “It’s an easy process. It takes less than an hour in and out of the gym.”

After 27 pints of blood were donated last year, Eisner said his goal for this year is 42.

“This year, we have more people signed up and more (Red Cross) staff coming,” Eisner said. “We can save a few more lives than last time.”

Last year, junior Kaitlyn Canepa wasn’t old enough to donate.

“I turned 16 over the summer, so I am excited to participate this year,” Canepa said. “I think it’s really cool that my donation could potentially save someone’s life.”

Many students like Canepa have already made appointments, which Eisner encourages even though walk-ins are “doable,” he said.

Eisner added that this may not be the last blood drive this school year.

“I want to get two events in this year,” Eisner said. “So hopefully, there’s another drive later this spring.”

For more information, contact Eisner at leisnerdeeisenhof19@scdsstudent.org.

—By Jackson Crawford

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