Saving lives one drop of blood at a time

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Saving lives one drop of blood at a time

The blood donation station is set up in the Student Union.

The blood donation station is set up in the Student Union.

The blood donation station is set up in the Student Union.

The blood donation station is set up in the Student Union.

Karissa Tom, Highlander Editor

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According to the Blood Centers of the Pacific website, just one pint of blood can save up to three peoples’ lives.

Carlmont students and teachers did some life saving by giving their blood to help those in need at the blood drive.

A total of 67 students and teachers signed up to donate blood.

The blood drive was made possible though the organization Blood Centers of the Pacific and was held in the Student Union.

According to the website, the Blood Centers of the Pacific is a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides a link between everyday heroes who give the gift of life and those who depend on this lifesaving gift.

The goal of the Blood Center is to “provide an adequate and affordable blood supply which meets the health and safety needs of the public; and to conduct medical and scientific research and education that improves the safety and efficacy of blood transfusions.”

The organization began in San Francisco when two physicians began to explore new ways to supply blood to people who needed it.

To encourage participation, the Associated Student Body hung up posters with facts about donating blood.

After participants finished donating blood, they were given graham crackers and Capri Sun to make up for the loss of blood. The blood givers received free red bracelets and t-shirts to promote the cause.

Senior Hailey Miller decided to donate because it is something that easily helps people in need and is a great way of giving back.

According to the Blood Centers of the Pacific, approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.

Senior Cierra Reimche also wanted to help save lives.

Reimche said, “I think that we take our good health for granted and there are many people in need of the blood.”

Students prepare to donate their blood in the Student Union.

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