Linda Garcia & Alejandra Bonilla
BMHS PrideTime Reporters
According to Red Cross Blood, the average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. During donations, 1 pint is removed from the donors body.
After a stressful week of midterms and finals, McMahon held their spring blood drive on Friday, January 26, starting from 7:45 AM all the way until 1:15 PM. During this time, several McMahon students volunteered to donate their blood to those who need it.
However, before you walk in to donate there are several things you needed to take into consideration like the qualifications you must have had in order for you to participate.
In general, you must be at least 17 years of age in order to donate blood. If you are 16, your parent must sign a permission slip saying that you’re allowed to donate. You also must be a certain height and weight.
For a male you must be at least 5’1’’ and weigh 130 lbs, and for a female you must be at least 5’5” and weigh around 150 lbs. If you do not reach these requirements, you are not able to donate due to concerns regarding the risk of fainting, lightheadedness, nausea, etc.
“I donated blood because it was for a good cause. I wanted to donate in the last blood drive, but I couldn’t do so because of my age. Instead I decided to wait until the next blood drive until I was of age, and my friends said it was for a good cause, so they convinced me to do it with them” Guadalupe Saldana (‘19).
People who donate blood are doing so to ensure that there will be blood on the shelves for others to use if need be. Donating is something you can give without harming yourself in any way since the sterile is used only once for every donor.
Many people contribute to give blood so that they can see how the need is constant and how their contribution will lead to a life being saved. Many of the people who do donate do it so that many people can have a healthy life.
Because of all the people who donate to the American Red Cross, the red cross is allowed to give blood every 8 minutes to many hospitals that have a crisis. The red cross needs to get more blood donors so that they can continue saving lives.
If you were not able to make it or did not meet the requirements, there is no need to worry. The Red Cross doesn’t just get donations of blood; you can also help by raising and sending money to them. The money they receive they send it out to places that will put the money to good use. The money will be used to help people who really need it such as people who’ve gone through a natural disaster or to those who are sick in hospitals.