STEM Blood Drive sets record

 The people of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center had quite a busy day on Sept. 3. Although they did not reach their goal of 165 units of blood, they obtained 145 and broke a record with 22 symbol procedures, the most any high school has procured.

Some donors initially said they were not going to give because, “that blood is most likely to expire on a shelf than save a life.” But according to specialist John Gallegos, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center sends blood to over 100 hospitals in 48 counties. He said that even though the shelf life is at maximum only 6 weeks, blood is never wasted.

Angelica Flores attempts to give blood.

In fact, there is always a shortage. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center alone has to draw up at least 600 units of blood daily to keep up with the demand of hospitals that help the sick.

Cristy Delgado was the specialist in charge of the blood drive at Lee. “The only requirements to donate was that students need be at least 16 years old, and should weigh over 120 pounds and a parental consent form,” she said, “For those 17 and over, they must  weigh at least 110 lbs. and need to be in good general health.”

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center visits area schools and businesses in the fall, but donors are welcome at the main office at I-10 and Vance Jackson. Some high schools reward seniors who donate blood 6 times in high school with red chord special honors at graduation.

Blood Drive 1 - Fernanda

"We want to have another Blood Drive in November," junior Fernanda says.

Blood Drive 2 - Sydney

"Will give blood for points," junior Sydney Card' shirt reads. ISA's National Honors Society offers 2 service points in exchange for donated one pint.

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