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Star Valley High School Participates in Blood Drive


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On May 2nd the Red Cross came to do a blood drive and quite a few kids chose to participate. This is an incredible thing because in the United States approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells and nearly 7000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily, and almost 21 million blood components are transfused each year. The actual process of donating blood takes anywhere from  five to fifteen minutes.

UNDER PRESSURE: Senior Jessica Castillo gets her blood pressure checked out prior to giving blood.

Filling out the paperwork and questions before hand take the most time. Because so many people participated, it took up to an hour and a half for students to get their blood drawn.

Senior Abby Shumway said, “Afterwards I felt really loopy, I thought I was fine but even after an hour I felt super weak and I passed out and ended up going home and sleeping the whole day. Donating blood is a very cool thing, but I donated when I didn’t meet the requirements, and will not be doing that again.”

Some students wanted to participate. Senior Andy Robinson said as a track team member he was asked not to donate but he would in the future.

The urge to get out of class overcame many students’ fear of needles, but whatever their motivation, a lot of blood went to those who need it.

 

 

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  1. India Romero on May 8th, 2018 3:28 pm

    I’m a freshwoman( freshman, in 9th grade). I wish I could donate my blood. I like seeing the thick, warm, dark red goo flow through the tube. My blood type is O-, and I’m told O- can be used for any blood type. I’ve been to the hospital a lot so I’m used to needles and stuff.

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