American Red Cross Blood Drive at CSUMB

By Jessenya Guerra
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Corina Lieu donating blood. Photo by Jessenya Guerra.

On Sept. 26-27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Center, students and professors lined up to donate blood through the American Red Cross. Both days were full, and walk in appointments and scheduled appointments were no longer being accepted. Associated Students put on this event to help donate blood to our community.

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students, Corina Lieu and Marisa Lovos, donated their time and blood on Wednesday, Sept 26. For confidentiality reasons regarding blood and blood safety, The Lutrinae was not allowed to interview the students who donated, the nurses or many of the people that were involved in the program.

However, for students who missed this blood drive and are wanting to donate, there are many American Red Cross donation stations around the community- the next one being Saturday, Oct. 6 at King Elementary School in Seaside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Before attending a Red Cross Blood Drive, there are a few things that you should know. The Red Cross website says that before you begin, “We’ll sign you in and go over basic eligibility.” Basic eligibility includes, “Donation frequency: Every 56 days, must be in good health and feeling well, must be at least 16 years old in most states and must weigh at least 110 lbs.”

For more information about local blood drives, visit redcrossblood.org.

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