Dozens of Caledonia students donate blood at school

Published On: Feb 27 2013 09:45:29 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 27 2013 09:46:40 PM CST
CALEDONIA, Minn. -

The buzz around the halls of Caledonia High School is all about the school's blood drive.

More than 60 students attempted to donate blood Wednesday.

All of them signed up during an earlier lunch period and a waiting list was started before the first one was dismissed.

Organizers actually had to call the Red Cross to schedule more appointments.

Students say they were motivated when honor students came around with personal stories and statistics. "A single car accident victim requires up to 100 pints of blood and your body can only hold 10-12, so you're going through blood pretty rapidly, so that kind of opened my eyes that people are accidents, I mean, it takes a lot of blood just to prolong their life, not necessarily save them, but to keep them alive," said Caledonia senior Emma Lange.

Putting the numbers in perspective, almost one-fourth of the school gave blood Wednesday.