By Jacqueline Walsh
Cookies and Orange Juice! Did that get your attention? If not, maybe this will. “Five million people in the United States need blood each year,” according to the Red Cross statistics. So why not make a difference in someone’s life and donate.
The Red Cross has been saving lives for over 60 years and all LI BS are asking is for an hour. According to the Red Cross the hour in which you give one pint of blood could save up to three people’s lives. So what’s your excuse to keep the blood you don’t need when it could be used to help three others?
The donating process is very simple and takes very little effort on your part that will go a long way for another.
Four simple steps must be taken to complete your donating experience. There’s the registration step where you first sign in and will need a photo ID of some sort. The Second step is the health history and mini physical. In this step you will be asked a series of questions on your health and places you have traveled. This information remains confidential. Then they will take your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin level. The third step is when you actually give your donation. It only takes up to 10 minutes and then it’s over. The best part of the whole donation is the snacks they give you after. Cookies and juice! What could be better other then saving someone’s life.
So, take the short time out of your life to save another. Join the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead for their annual blood drive.
The blood drive will be sponsored by Suffolk Count Community College along with the Long Island Blood Services on Wednesday, Feb. 24. It will be held in the Peconic building room 100, between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
When it comes to helping others one must always find the time. The Red Cross says that every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. Yours could make a difference.