CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
Would you like to save 3 lives? Do you like to help a good cause? Then consider donating blood at the on campus blood drive. The Leadership Experiences and Programming (LEAP) Office will be hosting the Red Cross Blood Drive on Wed. Nov. 15 in Villalobos Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to donate one pint of blood.
What are the qualifications to donate blood? According to the American Red Cross website, there are catagories from health condtions to situations that may affect the elegibility of the donor. A donor must weigh at least 110lbs and their height may vary. In addition, if a person is iron deficient or anemic, they are not able to donate blood either. The donor’s blood pressure must be under 180/100 and at least 90/50. For those who have recently traveled outside of the U.S. or Canada in the past 3 years they will be defered due to possible malaria.
Some people do not like to donate blood because of the needles, the waiting, and the entire process might be scary. However, there are many benefits to donating blood. For example, by donating blood people can learn what their blood type is. The Red Cross will send you a letter with a donation card which can be scanned every time you choose to donate blood. Another benefit is that for each pint of blood that you donate, you will be saving three lives. If you would like there is an an option to donate blood cells which is usually done after donating blood. Last but not least, it is a good deed to do to help those who may be hurt or sick such as after Hurricane Harvey and Irma, people were injured and needed blood. At the end of every blood drive, the volunteers will give the donors cookies, juice and other food to help them recover. In addition, they will receive a shirt and other items as gifts for taking the time to donate blood.
Some tips that will help make donating blood a smooth experience are: drink 5 bottles of water the day before the appointment to keep the veins showing. Avoid anything salty or other items that may change the blood pressure or iron levels. If you are donating at a Red Cross facility, get to the appointment at least 15 minutes early. Last but not least breathe and relax, the more tense you are the more likely you are to faint. In addition, the Red Cross also recommends to keep hydrating after you finish donating and to avoid lifting heavy weight.
At the Blood Drive walk ins are welcome, but it is best to plan an appointment in advance at the LEAP Office. For more information or questions about donating blood, visit the Red Cross Website at redcrossbloood.org and for any other questions about the event, please contact the LEAP Office.