Disappointing Blood Drive Experience

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On Tuesday August 23, Baldwin Park High School hosted its annual blood drive in the gym. Many students and teachers participated to help make a difference in someone’s life. Those who donated blood were given goodies like pizza, juice and donuts.

Unfortunately, some people were not able to donate for numerous reasons. If you have been to another country in the past few months, you were ineligible to give blood. Also, if you did not meet the height and weight requirements (underweight) you could not donate blood. Another reason people couldn’t donate blood was because of their lack of iron. Sadly, I was unable to donate because I am underweight and I was not given a ticket to the fair or a t-shirt. Overall, it was a successful blood drive and I was upset that I could not be a part of it.

Since I was ineligible to donate, I can still help out by volunteering at any Red Cross Blood Drive. It is important to donate blood because you are saving lives. If you donate one pint of blood, you can potentially save three lives! One person in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. I recommend you to donate especially if you have the blood type O since it is the most requested by hospitals.

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