Hundreds donate blood at Tishomingo high school annual blood drive

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TISHOMINGO, OK -- Tishomingo High School held their annual blood drive Friday, the largest high school blood drive in Oklahoma.

"The little town of Tishomingo gets to save 1,000 lives...we don't do much here, it's a small town, but to say we got to save 1,000 lives this year that would be great," said student, Ariel Hoffman.

That was the mindset of dozens of Tishomingo high schoolers as they hosted their annual high school blood drive.

The school has held the largest high school blood drive in Oklahoma for the past 15 years, and student council sponsor, Katy Peercy, says it's become a tradition.

"It sort of established a culture for our school of pride and doing something for other people," Peercy said. "This is something our kinds can do, and it doesn't cost them anything, and they all start the Thanksgiving season feeling like they've done something good for other people."

The blood drive has attracted more than 300 donors, and this year they hope to reach 334. Peercy says the students' dedication is what makes the blood drive so successful.

"When the kids turn 16, they congratulate each other, 'oh my gosh, you can give blood now'. Most kids are like when are you getting your license, but at Tishomingo High School, they say you can give blood, which is pretty remarkable," Peercy said.

Students begin planning for the blood drive a year in advance, and donors say their hard work and determination is what draws the community out to support them.

"I think it's the excitement of the students that participate in it," said donor, Bobby Priddy. "They really get into it , they get out and beat the bushes and find those people that are willing to help and give back."

And knowing they can make a difference, is what pushes them to reach their goal.

"To ask as many people as you know, and you have to know going into it that you're doing it for a reason, and that gives you the confidence and the drive to go out there and get more people," said student, Jaysa Northcutt.

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