HOSA Blood Drive

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February 14, 2012 • Shuling Ma, Gianna Grant, Student Life Staff  
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“The power to save a life is in your hands.”

Each unit of blood you give can be used to save up to three lives. The blood given at Woods Cross’ Blood Drive will benefit patients at: Primary Children’s Medical Center, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and University of Utah Hospital. To volunteer at the blood drive you have to be at least 16, and bring some sort of ID. If you are participating you must have a signed ARUP parental permission slip. The blood drive is being held Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM-2:00 PM in the small gym. To make an appointment please contact a member of HOSA. Remember to eat well and drink extra fluids before participating! We interviewed a student, Brittanie Bennion about the Blood Drive and here is what she had to say:

When we asked Brittanie why she decided to do the blood drive her response was, “Because giving blood is a good opportunity for others, and I like to help other people, it’s a cool thing to do! I’ve given blood a few times actually, not just at school, but around the area.”

We asked her what the normal requirements were for being able to donate blood, and she said. “You have to be 16 years old, and have a parents permission slip signed in order to participate. But when you get to the actual blood drive, they usually have to fill out some kind of form that just asks you a bunch of questions…. Oh! And you need to eat a good meal the day of the blood drive, and drink lots of fluids or else you might pass out.”

We asked Brittanie if she has ever passed out, and what she eats beforehand, she said, “ I’ve never actually passed out, but I’ve felt light headed before, and I don’t really have anything specific I eat… just something healthy, and I drink a lot of water too, just because it’s a good idea.”

We asked Brittanie if she recommended doing a blood drive, she said “Yeah! I think it’s a great idea, and at some places you even get paid for giving blood, not at our school though, it’s just a nice thing to do. But if you’re like really squeamish or feel sick really easily, I probably wouldn’t do it, because you might pass out.”

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