Eight minutes, three lives

Donating blood at the monthly campus drive takes about eight minutes and could save as many as three lives.

By Amanda Cavarretta, Staff Writer 

On December 9th, American Red Cross will visit Valley College for their monthly blood drive.

“I always try to donate blood,” said Valley math major Mary Gonzalez. “I think donating blood is the best thing to do, most people are afraid of being an organ donor so why not just give some blood.”

Donating blood takes about eight minutes and one pint. Before someone gives blood- registration, and a mini-physical is required. 

“For eight minutes, you get to save up to three lives.” said American Red Cross account manager Susan Josephson

According to officials, only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood. Of that statistic, only eight percent of actually donate. The American Red Cross reports that every 2 seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Because blood only keeps for up to 42 days, constant replenishment of the supply is important. Individuals may donate every 56 days.

“It’s important that we help save lives,” said Josephson. “At some part in our lives, it will be one of us.”

American Red Cross collects most of their donations from high schools and college blood drives. The blood that is collected and is brought to 150 hospitals in southern California.

Normally, when visiting the doctor to give blood one is told not to eat or drink anything. Donating blood is the complete opposite. When donating, it’s highly encouraged to eat and stay well hydrated before and after giving blood.

Among the conditions that can disqualify someone from donating are the flu, a cold, or being on antibiotics. Those with questions about donor eligibility can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. Students are encouraged to get involved with the blood drives.  If interested, contact Susan Josephson via email: susan.josephson@redcross.org

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