The UCI blood drive is an annual event that is hosted once in November and once in March. Certain requirements need to be met from each donor in order to legally donate blood. These requirements included a minimum weight of 110 pounds, a minimum age of 17 years, and a minimum amount of hemoglobin (iron level). Each year students have difficulty meeting the hemoglobin requirement, such as seniors Khatia Garcia, Diana Olmedo, and many more.
First time donors, Nikki Delgado and Janeth Pena, felt it was great that they had the opportunity to help. Nikki Delgado commented, “I felt very proud of myself because I was extremely scared, and I was brave enough to donate. The staff was very helpful and took away some of the fears I had. I will definitely do it again in the future and try to convince my friends that it’s not as bad as it seems.”