By Bradley Cusnier and Santiago Rodriguez
OCT 24, 2016
Where blood is concerned the vampires from OneBlood set up shop. Twice a year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (STA), the familiar Big Red Bus parks in front of the gym to provide Raiders with the opportunity to save people’s lives. On Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, OneBlood held the first drive of the 2016-2017 school year collecting three-hundred pints of blood.
Not only is it safe to donate, but there is the added benefit that OneBlood will notify a donor should they find a blood disorder. OneBlood also takes precautionary measures to ensure that the health of the receiver is not compromised. According to OneBlood.org, certain medical conditions can be corrected to allow donors to become eligible, despite health issues such as iron deficiency or cancer. One way to prepare for donating blood is to eat iron-rich food such as red meat and leafy green vegetables a week prior to donating.
A donor must be at least sixteen years of age, in their junior or senior year and weigh at least 110 pounds. The entire process takes approximately forty-five minutes and involves filling out a mandatory consent form, donating blood, and resting before going back to class.
When they finished, students were given snacks that were generously donated by Nicole Ferrer. She contributed sixteen dozen boxes of donuts, two boxes of Munchkins, two boxes of small donuts, as well as a variety of baked goods from Publix. When the blood drive concluded, Nicole donated all of the leftover food to the homeless.
This year’s blood drive was organized by Mrs. Dyane Genovese, who did a fantastic job. Mrs. Genovese has been running this event for two and a half years. OneBlood’s Donor Recruiting Manager, Ms. Nylma Vargas, explained that every pint of blood collected has the potential to save as many as three lives. That’s over nine-hundred lives saved thanks to the generous donations from the Raider community! We hope to see you all again at the next blood drive.