Anything for the blood

At the Blood Drive, on June 6, the nurse prepares the needle for the next student who will donate blood. Downey High donated over 475 pints of blood.

Joey Flores, News Editor

Downey High School’s second Red Cross Blood Drive of the school year was held on Thursday, June 6 in the gym, and was open for students aged sixteen and older to donate their blood.

Downey has teamed up with the Red Cross and representative Robert Torres to run the drive every year, and the years of participation have begun to make the school more significant.

“The school has been an excellent team player when it comes to running these things,” Torres said. “We [Red Cross] have yet to run into serious issues when running it here, and I think that’s because of the amazing staff, students, and ASB.”

Torres’s praise for the school came from working with them for over a decade; each year brought strenuous working hours that eventually led to a good name for Downey High and more blood for the foundation. The representative proclaimed his satisfaction with the school by saying that the 700 sign-ups that the school received is the most the organization has had for a high school in ten years. The large amount of sign-ups resulted  from publicity around the school.

ASB Commissioner of Human Relations Jerry Rivas, 11, was in charge of the drive.

“The publicity was surprisingly easy,” Rivas said. “The real hard part was the set-up and making sure everything stayed together and ran smoothly on the day of [the blood drive].”

Rivas and the rest of ASB publicized the event by posting posters and dressing up as a blood drop to get the word of out around school. The end result was a six-hour blood drive that collected over 475 pints of blood. With such chaotic factors to it, the drive required organization, which was found in the different, color-coded modules that the drive had. This order made for a sort of organized chaos that each donor experienced.

Sophomore Monica Rojas was one of many who stood through the two-hour line that the blood drive held.

“Yeah the line was long, but it really is a good thing because it’s for such a good cause,” Rojas said. “I’m just glad that I got to participate.”

The two-hour lines came from having a mere seventy-five nurses on staff, who were each assigned to a specific job. Half of the nurses grouped to give donors medical questioning, while the other half stayed ejecting the blood and making sure their patients were in proper health afterwards. However, there were some students who waited in the line, but were unable to donate due to issues pertaining to weight or blood count.  Donors like Rojas stuck through the line in support for the cause.

Donors were both proud and exhausted by their accomplishment, and each of them contributed to another successful blood drive at Downey High School