Donate blood to save a life

Kelsey David, reporter

McKinley High School will be hosting a second Blood Drive on April 26. Donating blood can make a big difference. Not only is it safe and simple, but it also saves lives. It helps those that have no other options.

“I’ve donated blood many times,”€ said Alan Sekiguchi.

“At first it’s just a little pinch, and the feeling is really rewarding.”

When registering for the Blood Drive, potential donors need to bring some form of ID that states their birthday. They will also need to make sure that they keep hydrated, as well as maintain a healthy iron level in their diet. A mini-physical will also be provided.

“€œI totally want to donate blood,” said Jenny Liang. “€œBut I’m not 17 yet, so I guess I’m going to have to wait a little while longer.”€

As Liang stated, student donors need to be at least 17 years of age, or 16 years with parent consent. Donors also need to be at least 110 lbs, and should have healthy blood in their system.

If the idea of saving a life is not enough motivation to donate blood, then maybe free cookies and juice will do the trick! After the donation process, donors will have time to rest and receive refreshments provided by those hosting. It is said that drowsiness may occur after the drawing process.

“It’€™s amazing how many people need blood,” said Sekiguchi.

“Those who give themselves to help others… it’s a very noble thing to do.”