Blood Drive at West Auburn By: Italia G.

    

     Are you interested in becoming a blood donor? You can be a hero and simply save a life by donating blood at your school. If you are donating blood, take the following steps into consideration beforehand. Step one, be sure to drink a lot of water 24 hours before your appointment. Step two, the night before your donation you should eat some salty snacks. Step three, you want to be in the best condition so get a good night’s sleep. Step four, Eat a full meal beforehand during breakfast and lunch. And for step 5, you should continue to drink plenty of water before your donation.

Blood Works Northwest wants you to know your donation is a lifesaving gift and they plan to make your experience safe and pleasant, especially for the first timers. You are required to bring identification (student ID, driver’s license, or work permit). And if you’re 16 or 17, don’t forget your permission slip. To be approved for donation you will be asked some questions regarding your health, medications, sexual behavior and travel. You will also have your blood pressure taken along with temperature, pulse , a small blood sample, and verification of your weight to make sure you qualify. And don’t worry, all info you provide is confidential.

If you’re wondering how you can make a difference in someone’s life by donating, listen here. One donation can possibly help more than one patient. It is a fact that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Please take donating into consideration and help save a life!

If you missed Blood Works Northwest when they were here on Thursday the  16th don’t worry think about donating next time they are here or visit one of their many office locations. Officer locations can be found at https://www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/locations.

 

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