American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at TCHS

Temple City High School students give blood.

Written by KEVIN WU / Published December 3, 2010

In collaboration with Temple City High School’s Red Cross Club, volunteers and employees of American Red Cross recently sponsored an event that gave students the opportunity to donate their blood and save lives.

Students who signed up to have their blood drawn were pulled out of class and had a 20-minute session, where a trained staff inquired about health history in a private and confidential interview.

Afterward, the donor lied down, was disinfected, and had a needle inserted. Once a pint of blood was withdrawn, the donor was bandaged up and offered refreshments to replenish lost energy.

Dustin Lee, a donor and a senior of Temple City High School, recounted the initial experience as painful, but well worth the effort.

“It hurt at first … like your energy being sucked away,” Lee said. “But I feel like I did something good for humanity.”

Though there was an initial sensation of pain, Lee would like to give blood again.

According to Dr. Carol Bell, director of blood services, accidents occurring in Southern California have led to the shortage and need of blood in Southern California. Such shortages have and can cause delays in many cancer, heart, and brain surgeries.

In an attempt to appease the need of blood, the American Red Cross has created certain units to make the donation of blood more convenient and as comfortable as possible for donors.

Statistics have shown that about three percent of all adult Americans in the United States donate blood.

According to Tani Konciscs, a trained Red Cross volunteer of the mobile unit, more people would donate if it was more accessible and convenient.

As the “Mobile unit, we run blood drives seven days a week,” Konciscs said. “[We go to] high schools, businesses, and events, high schools [being] the top places to get blood.”

Anybody can donate blood, though a few are subject to dismissal based on limitations of weight, height, age, and health history.

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