Kamiak students to host community blood drive

By Maiah Hollander | May 16, 2012

There’s a lot you can do in one hour. Watch your favorite game show. Do the laundry. Or save three lives.

A Kamiak High School Leadership team is hosting a community blood drive from 12:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, to benefit the Puget Sound Blood Center, which currently has a blood shortage.

The Kamiak students invite you to take an hour out of your day to donate blood to save lives.

“This year, somewhat out of the blue, we decided to hold a community blood drive because the Puget Sound Blood Center is dangerously in need of blood,” said junior Ashkan Mortazavi.

Kamiak has held high school blood drives in the past. The Leadership team is hopeful that by opening up the blood drive to the community, there will be a greater turnout.

“We always get such a great response from students,” said senior Erin Langdon. “We are hoping the same from the rest of our community.”

The minimum blood center needs is 30 donations – the Leadership students’ goal is 100 donations.

Several key public figures, including Mayor Joe Marine, Kamiak Principal Mike Gallagher and some Mukilteo School Board members have already signed up to donate blood.

“This is not only an event that will save lives, but it is an event that brings the community together for one common goal,” Askhan said.

While appointments aren’t necessary, they are highly recommended.

And while all people are encouraged to donate, those with the blood type O- are in particularly high demand. Known as the “universal donor” this blood type can be given to anyone and is especially used for infants and young children.

To help prepare, donors are strongly encouraged to drink at least two bottles of water prior to donating and make sure to eat something beforehand as well. Foods rich in iron are highly recommended, especially for women who plan to donate.

“In each pint of blood there are red blood cells, white blood cells and plasmids,” Ashkan said. “Because of this, each donation can save three lives.”

And a large portion of those donations goes to cancer patients who are in desperate need of blood.

“After I donated at our school’s last blood drive, the nurse told us that we had saved a 14-year-old boy that had cancer and needed a lot of blood,” Ashkan said. “Donating just gives you this great feeling.”

Kamiak High School is at 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd. in Mukilteo. Make an appointment by going to this link: www.securedata-trans5.com/ap/pugetsoundbloodcenter/index.php?page=10&e_id=7211. Contact Ashkan at 425-760-1328 for more information.

 

Maiah Hollander is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

 

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