By Rocio Avalos
Beaverton High School is hosting its first blood drive of 2017. On February 14, 2017, there will be a blood drive accepting volunteers to donate and save lives. This blood drive will be run by the Red Cross and the collaboration of health careers students.
Everyone who is 18 years or older and qualifies to donate blood is encouraged to do so. Students who are 17 years old and have the consent of their parents or guardians can participate as well. You must be a healthy candidate and weigh at least 110 lbs to be able to donate.
There are many people out there who decide to not donate their blood because of their phobia of the needles. That is very understandable, who wants to see blood come out from a needle to a tube? No one, of course, but the result turns out to be a rewarding experience. One donation can help so much, every two seconds someone needs a donation in the U.S. and you could possibly save someone’s life.
The majority of the population, like junior Jessica Villegas, believe that “donating blood hurts.” When people find out there is a needle involved, they freak out, but there is no reason to. There are health career students in the donation center supporting everyone who donates motivating them, but of course, the trained medical professionals are the ones who draw the blood.
The American Red Cross collaborates with Beaverton High School for the biannual blood drive. Photo courtesy of American Red Cross.
Many people don’t know that our adult bodies have 10-12 pints of blood. Part of the population who does not donate believe that if they donate blood they’ll run out. In reality, the donation just takes roughly one pint of blood out. This information is never really known due to people not asking, but this should not be an obstacle, especially because we can make blood faster than the ones who need it.
There is a mini physical check-up done before the donation simply to make sure the person is a healthy candidate. They just a few questions of their medical history and make you sure you really do weigh 110 pounds, even tho how tall can affect sometimes those restraints. The process of the donation takes roughly 15 minutes, but due to the mini check-up and the snacks, you receive from donating, you are out of class for an hour or so.
Make sure to get the volunteer application on time to sign up in the upper cafeteria or ask any health career student for help to donate and help out many people in need!
Senior, Rachel in the blood costume motivating blood donation. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Jacob, health career teacher.