Saving lives, one pint at a time
Here at our local library, a group of good samaritans donated blood through the American Red Cross. These drives are set up at various points in the year, encouraging the local citizens to come by and donate in addition to raising awareness for those in constant need of blood.
Says Zenultima, 20-year old college student, “It feels good in the end, to know that you’ve potentially saved 3 lives. Although the process can be time-consuming, and you feel a bit tired after a whole pint of blood is taken away from your body, it’s a very small price to pay. Plus, with the new Rapid Pass technology, you can save time with the administrative process and get through the whole donation process faster.”
The technology mentioned, Rapid Pass, is pretty new, introduced October 2015. It takes care of the questionnaire donors need to answer, as well as some other information, shaving off a good 10-15 min. off the whole process. Rapid Pass allows more donations to be held in one donation period as well as encouraging more donors to donate.
The blood drive was organized by a group of high school students and was well received – at one point they could not accept any more walk-ins due to having a full capacity. The resounding success is undoubtedly an effect of the students’ hard work, persistence and collaboration. It is safe to say that the our lives are in good hands thanks to the work of blood donors and organizers.