College blood drive draws a crowd – By Katelyn Walter

On Feb. 10, 2015, students from The Master’s College and others from the Santa Clarita Valley participated in a Red Cross blood drive on The Master’s College campus to help save lives.

From 8 a.m. – 8:15 p.m., the Hotchkiss Hall lounge was transformed into a medical center, where students, faculty, staff and other citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley came to donate blood. Those who donated received a free t-shirt for their contribution, and in previous blood drives the prizes have included coupons to UCLA football games, tickets to the Laugh Factory and coupons for El Torito restaurant. The Red Cross workers encouraged both scheduled appointments and walk-ins and collected blood from more than 40 patients throughout the day.

The Master’s College hosts the Red Cross blood drive every semester. In addition to The Master’s College, the Red Cross has gone to other colleges including College of the Canyons, as well as various high schools and businesses around the Santa Clarita Valley. They encourage people to give blood and make a difference.

Blood donations are especially needed from residents of fairly moderate climates to compensate for those living in places of severe weather such as the East Coast. When a storm hits, people cannot keep their appointments to give blood. The Red Cross asks those who live in better weather conditions to donate and help satisfy the need for blood nationwide.

“This is an easy way I can help people…I know a lot of people can’t give blood, so I want to give my blood,” said Brooke Brenner, Senior English major at The Master’s College.

In addition, donors recognized the importance and need for certain blood types.

“I’m an O-positive so I’m a universal donor, so if I have the opportunity to help people, why not?” said Megan Wiedman, a freshman communication major. O-positive is the most common type of blood and can be used to help a majority of the population.

The pain of a needle is a major reason many people don’t donate, but those who braved it had some encouraging news. “The thought of it is scary, but it really doesn’t hurt that bad,” Brenner said. According to Wiedman, the pain hurts less than something many people do on a regular basis. “It’s like a little pinch. It hurts more to get a piercing.”
According to the Red Cross website, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, and one pint of blood can save up to three lives. After working for the Red Cross for 6 ½ years, Zouvart Brown has seen the importance of giving blood. “We help [the donors] help people. It’s a good thing.”

By Katelyn Walter

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