Holtville High School ASB Students Hold Blood Drive
By Kitzia Larios
Every year there’s a blood drive at Holtville High School. This year it was held on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8a.m. to 1p.m. in the gym. Sign up was with ASB during lunch hours. ASB was in charge of organizing the blood drive, which is during the same time as the Christmas season in order to get students into the feeling of giving.
Students who donate blood need to at least be 15 years old, weigh 110 pounds and have a very good health condition. Students age of 15- 16- and 17- need to have a page filled out by the parents giving permission and make sure they went over what procedures they need to follow.
The blood is collected from the vein in your arm and is transferred into a specific bag designed just for the blood. The process of donating blood normally takes an hour, when waiting to donate blood they ask you questions to check for your health. Then when you’re done donating they give you a bag of snacks, water and a shirt because afterwards you get really hungry and the shirt is for thanking you for your donation.
When donating blood you’re supposed to !EAT! and !DRINK! Eating is one of the most important things to do after giving blood because there can be a possibility that you can pass out while blood is taken out. You need to drink an exact 16 oz. of water before the donation. When finishing the donation, you have to make sure that you drink water again to replenish your system and to rest for a while. Most of the people working in the donation won’t let you get up until you have rested for 6 to 8 minutes.
Take it easy and make sure to not do any activities when your done donating like exercise or heavy lifting. This can affect you and make you feel sick, dizzy or maybe even cause you a fever (if this ends up happening you need medical attention right away!) Donating blood is good for those who are in need of it. Each donation can help save up to THREE lives. It is important to remember that the holidays are a time for giving and that giving blood can really help someone by saving a life.