By Ben Norfolk Posted April 28, 2010
On Thursday, April 22 Lowry High School held its annual blood drive sponsored by the senior class.
The requirements for males to donate blood are that they have to be healthy, 16 or older, and 130 pounds. Female requirements are that you have to be healthy, 16 or older, and 150 pounds. Also, Aspirin can not be taken 48 hours before you donate.
“Every donation we get into our lab we can break down into three products, platelets, plasma, and red blood cells,” said a representative for United Blood Services.
After you are finished donating are free cookies and juice provided. According to the Red Cross, less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood and every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. According to the Red Cross, most donors feel fine before and after donating, but a small number of people may have a lightheaded or dizzy feeling.
“Lowry High School usually donates between 95 and 125, and when you figure that every donation can save up to three lives that is a lot of blood”, said a representative for United Blood Services.