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Blood drive helps Red Cross save lives

By Eric Carman and Natalie Hardy

Red Cross workers helped AHS students donate blood in January. Photo by Alanna Greene
Red Cross workers helped AHS students donate blood in January.
Photo by Alanna Greene

The Alameda High tri-annual Red Cross blood drive was held on Friday, Jan. 30.  Many students participated in giving blood to the volunteer organization throughout the day.

The purpose of the drive is help supply hospitals with healthy blood to be used on patients in need of it. The blood can be used for various purposes,  such as new born babies who typically need a lot of blood, or dialysis patients who often need large sums of blood as well. A pint of blood can save up to three people, according to  the Red Cross Foundation.

The process of the donating blood takes about an hour in total. Patients enter an area where their arm is swabbed with alcohol and given a clean sterile needle for the blood to be drawn. Next a pint of blood is collected and after that the patient is bandaged. When the blood is finished being taken they are given refreshments to help the body stabilize from the blood loss. After about 10-15 minutes of rest the patient can resume back to work.

Blood donors recovered in Patton Gym at the blood drive. Photo by Alanna Greene
Blood donors recovered in Patton Gym at the blood drive.
Photo by Alanna Greene

Leadership organizes the event by working with Red Cross. Leadership teacher Kathleen Austin spoke about the turnout for the most recent drive. “I think it was about 75 [students], but it may have been more. We met with Red Cross’s goals, so we got a small cash prize.”

Donating blood can often be seen as a noble and honorable deed. Many of those who donated, like junior Mateo Aguayo, felt a proud accomplishment from donating blood.

“Completely on impulse, I saw it, I gotta take it. I would recommend it. I feel honorable,” he said.

Others saw donating blood as something that had to be done because they know the benefits that donating blood can have for someone. Junior Lizzie Allen says she donated blood because she “wanted to help other people because my blood is universal.”

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