By Heather Ludegna
Students, faculty and staff joined the American Red Cross last week to partner in saving lives through blood donations.
The American Red Cross is primarily known for its blood drives, however, the organization is a leader in helping in disaster relief.
The organization’s primary objective is to receive as much blood to save that many more lives and as CPP had a slow flow of people this time around, one person makes a difference.
“I love helping out as much as I can, I know that there’s times when we are in need so I see the importance and value of it,” said Cory Taylor, a third-year sociology student.
“With my blood type, I have the blood that can be given to babies and that makes me think about my son if he were to ever get hurt, and I just want to help out other kids too.”
Red Cross used a MCS+ machine on Taylor but there are more requirements that need to be met for donors to be put on this special machine.
In order to donate on the MCS+ machine, one needs to have high iron and meet particular weight requirements based on their height.
A lot of people do not meet their particular requirements, but donation is highly advised that if one does meet their requirements.
“The MCS+ machine is available so when someone is able to donate and has either O positive, O negative, A negative, and B negative blood, we can use that on them instead of a more general method,” said Angela Garcia-Reveles, a charge RN for American Red Cross.
“They are able to donate on there and we typically get two units of red blood cells from one donation. A lot of the times those packed red blood cells can be used directly in surgery.”
Blood Drive attendees were scarce in the mornings due to traffic and morning classes but as the day progress, attendance and donations increased.
“Red Cross needs donors now more than ever so anyone that has come in is doing us and the recipients a huge favor,” said Garcia-Reveles.
The Red Cross has started off the year strong within the two weeks by responding to nearly 60 percent more home fires than in 2017, already having exceeded 2017’s total of 2,003 homes.
They are known to be the first responders on site whenever there’s any catastrophe.
They voluntarily offer their full services to help those who have been affected and offer guidelines for fire prevention to onlookers or witnesses while on scene of an incident.
American Red Cross locations all across the country respond to incidents in which they are needed and also reach out to hospitals in their respective areas to volunteer their services.
The American Red Cross is a part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries.
Pomona’s Blood Donation Center always welcomes donors, both new and returning during their business hours Monday through Saturday.
“I started giving blood my junior year of high school, when I give blood I feel good about it,” said Vanessa Herrera, a second-year chemical engineering student.
“My grandma had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer and after knowing how frequently she needed blood transfusions, I know my donations will be able to help someone like her which is why I donate.
Keep an ear out for the next blood drive next month, here on campus or visit the American Red Cross website to find a donation center near you.
Albert Muro / The Poly Post
Staff and trained volunteers from the American Red Cross assisted students and faculty in their donations
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