ASB prepares for annual blood drive


The Blood Drive applications can be turned in next to the ASB room.

Nihal Karim, Staff Writer

With the annual blood drive approaching, ASB is recruiting students to donate blood.

Every year, students older than 16 can register to donate blood in Carlmont’s blood drive.

Working with the Stanford Blood Center, ASB hopes to break their past records and reach a higher number of blood donations compared to the past years.

“Our goal for this year is to raise at least 60 pints of blood,” said Greta Foehr, a junior and member of the ASB. “We broke our record last year, and we wanted to strive for something bigger this year.”

ASB will be accepting the permission slips all the way through Oct. 5. While students older than 18 do not need to turn in permission slips, those who are 16 or 17 years old are required to get a parent signature.

“You can pick up and drop off the form in front of the ASB room in A-8,” Foehr said. “We also have sign ups online and through ASB members.”

ASB members have been recruiting students around campus. Those who are able to sign up can choose which class they want to miss.

“I usually ask people if they want to sign up, but some people have come up to me and asked to sign up for the blood drive,” said Chloe Palarca Wong, a junior and ASB member as well. “So far, I’ve recruited about eight people who want to participate.”

Many Carlmont students who are 16 years old or older are interested in the blood drive and are planning to sign up.

“I think that it’s a really good cause, and it can save a lot of people’s lives,” said Shamina Thilahar, a senior.

However, some students chose not to partake in the event for a variety of reasons.

“I’m really involved in football, and if one of the requirements is that you can’t participate in any physical activities for 24 hours, then I can’t do it,” said Nic Taylor, a junior.

In the end, ASB encourages students who express interest to participate in the blood drive.

“Donating blood is a really fun experience, even for those who were scared to do it,” Foehr said. “You end up talking to the people around you and have fun, all while contributing to a good cause.”