2018-02-17 / The Rock

Person holds blood drive


Person High School student Thomas Frank donates blood during a recent blood drive. 
SUBMITTED Person High School student Thomas Frank donates blood during a recent blood drive. SUBMITTED Person High School recently held its spring blood drive — now ran by The Blood Connection (TBC).

The requirements to be able to donate were the same as previous years — students had to be 17 years of age and weigh 100 pounds or more. Other requirements were sufficient iron levels, pulse levels and normal body temperature.

TBC asked all participants to eat a meal before donating and to drink plenty of liquids.

After donation, a snack and drink were provided. Additionally, donors were given a $10 dollar gift card to Bojangles as a thankyou. After donation, blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Within this time the donated blood is taken to South Carolina to be processed.

Once done, it’s then sent back to North Carolina to be shipped to local hospitals. The type of blood that’s most needed for blood banks is O negative; because it is universal, it can be given to anyone who needs blood, most importantly infants whose blood type is unknown at birth.

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