Redwood ASB’s blood drive took place November 30th in the Redwood Gym. 83 students donated a pint of blood to the Central California Blood Center. A lot of kids participated in this blood drive, and all were eager to save lives. Corinne Hopper, ‘18, donated blood. “ASB came into classrooms and introduced it, and I got myself scheduled between first and second period… I… really wanted to do it last year, but I wasn’t old enough the first time, and second time, I just didn’t had time to do it. I, myself, am lucky enough that I [have] never needed any blood transfusion[s] and I’m not nervous, I’m very excited because I think it’s a good thing to do… It doesn’t scare me at all.”
Savannah Crippen, ‘18, also gave blood. “It’s my first time, and I want to help people because you save 3 lives when you donate, so I like to save some lives… One more thing that inspired me was my little cousin. She had to stay in the hospital for 3 month[s]… I’m a little bit nervous, and I got myself out 1st because I wanted to get done with this as soon as possible.”
Students had to go through different tests to find out if they are healthy enough to donate blood many students who were willing to donate blood couldn’t donate blood because their Iron level was lower than required or either because of their blood pressure.
Kenneth O’ Leary, ‘18, gave blood. “The fact that I can save lives interested me the most because I would rather save lives than lose them. There were times when I needed blood because I had issues with my spinal cord and had to go through some surgeries and that was also the reason why I wasn’t scared of needles at all..”