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Los Alamitos High School Blood Drive

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Students Taking Time Out of Their Day to Donate a Pint of Blood.

Students Taking Time Out of Their Day to Donate a Pint of Blood.

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Serna

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Serna

Students Taking Time Out of Their Day to Donate a Pint of Blood.

Ashley Serna, Staff Writer

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Our school hosted a blood drive by the American Red Cross, on November 1st, Thursday. There were requirements to be able to donate such as: the donors must be 16 years of age or older, they must be at least 110 lbs. Not only that but donors were first tested for any form of diseases, and were not allowed to donate if they were not feeling well. The day before the blood drive, Red Cross sent out small cards saying thank you, and giving information about what time and where the blood donations would take place, along with a small water bottle.

On the day of the donation, donors had to go at the time they were assigned to room 500 with the card they were given the day before. Once they were signed in, they had to visit a website with a questionnaire, questions that determined if one could donate. After everything they made the donors waited till there was a bed available to lay down. It was a long wait. Once it was their turn, they were reviewed on the questions they answered, their temperature were taken, and they had to prick the donors finger to test if the donor had any iron deficiency. If all the tests were passed all that was left was to actually donate. After donating they were offered snacks, juices, and water, and even before donors were offered pizza and more snacks.

Donating blood is a very important and helpful thing, one pint of blood could save up to three people. “4.5 million Americans would die each year if it wasn’t for the life saving blood infusions” (BNL blood drive). Although it is unfortunate for those that do not meet the requirements for donating blood, because of their weight, iron deficiency or any other problems that stand in the way of donating their blood. But if you do have the ability to donate blood then you definitely should, to help save lives.

Ashley Serna, Staff Writer

Ashley Serna is junior at Los Alamitos High School. She absolutely loves sushi and animals, especially dogs. She loves dressing in candy clothes if she...

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