Richland students, teachers donate 189 pints of blood

<p>Blood Drive</p>

Blood Drive

Students and faculty at Richland High School donate enough blood today to help save hundreds of lives this holiday season.

189 students and teachers donated blood at a blood drive in the school's gymnasium.

There were so many people at the drive that organizers had to create a waiting list for those wanting to donate.

Each pint of donated blood can help save up to three lives.

Most of the blood donated today will go to chemotherapy patients in southeastern Washington, Yakima, Wenatchee and Portland.

"One bag of blood can save someone's life who has cancer or any kind of illness that they have" said Lexi Stancil, RHS senior.

"It's Christmas. People are giving, this is the most giving time of the holiday, and saving a life is the most precious gift you can give" said Maddy Jones, RHS junior.

Students were hoping to break a school record for the most blood donations in one day.

At 189 donations, they tied it.