Erin Ferris, blood services coordinator at the American Red Cross, was impressed with the results.
The National Honor Society's goal was to collect 50 pints, and they exceeded the number by 18.Each pint can save up to three lives.
The group had 37 first-time donors and an additional 21 people attempt to donate, but couldn't because they did not meet the criteria.
"This is the best the school has ever done and will potentially save 204 lives," Ferris
said that every two seconds in the United States someone needs blood.
"Everyone takes it for granted that the blood would be there if they needed it," she
said."We shouldn't take it for granted.The blood supply is always at unsafe levels."
Last summer, the blood supply was low and, when supplies are low, hospitals have to postpone surgeries, she
said 38,000 pints of blood are used every day in the United States.In the Red Cross' southeast Michigan region, 900 to 1,000 units need to be collected every day to stay afloat, she said.