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Students give blood

By Erik Buelna
On March 15, 2012

Rio Hondo College had a Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Feb. 29 that was hosted by Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital underneath the Business Building right next to the Art Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital had people giving their blood in their RV instead of the Campus Inn since the Campus Inn is closed.

Before someone could donate blood, they had to be in good health, eat a nutritious meal, be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a parental consent, and drink plenty of water.

They also can only donate blood every 56 days, bring a valid photo I.D., have no tattoos or piercings within the last 12 months, and weigh at least 113 pounds.

After a person donated blood they would have to sit for 15 minutes, to avoid dizziness and fainting, while eating cookies and chips, and drinking juice and water, provided by the hospital.

They were also given a choice of a free t-shirt or a coupon for a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream for donating blood.

There was a great turnout for the blood drive on both days, mostly because club members would donate blood to win a competition for most donations by a club.

First place got $300, Second place-$200, and third place-$100. The money would be put in the club's account, which would help clubs attend  conferences, buy supplies for their club, get a new banner, club t-shirts, or help a new club get some money in their account.

Students and club members, who did not get a chance to donate blood this time, will have another opportunity to try to donate blood later in the semester, in the month of May.

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