All the blood collected from the blood drive goes to UCI Medical Center and will be used for transfusions to help people with cancer or a serious injury. It is important to donate blood because each year, nearly 5 million Americans need a blood transfusion.
The advisors and people who helped to make the blood drive possible were Ms. Scott, Jacky Dang, Jackie Waldron, and ASB.
There were many students returning to do it again after donating blood last year. They were excited and had a high level of commitment.
In the previous year, Mesa worked with the American Red Cross. One reason why they used American Red Cross last year is because 16 year olds could donate. However, the advisors chose to go with UCI because then the blood stays local and helps the people in our community.
Jackie Waldron, one of the people in charge of the blood drive, said, “It’s really cool to see the turnout and to see how people care about saving lives.”
UCI requires that you are 17 years old, 110 pounds, have no tattoos within the last year, that you are not taking antibiotics, have not recently traveled to certain countries, and have no diseases.
“I thought it was going to be bad, but it was actually fun,” admitted senior Diego Hernandez.
If you want to give blood, there will be another opportunity for you to give blood on March 29th, 2012 with the UCI Medical Center.