Madison Aker and Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS is having its second blood drive of the year Thursday, Nov. 2. The blood donation is a simple process that can save someone’s life. To register, Mustangs must be 16 or older and acquire parent permission.

In the last blood drive, over 100 donations were made, and the school’s Blood Drive Committee expects the turnout to be just as large. They are hoping to see many new faces, as well as people who came last time.

Students have the opportunity to sign up during lunch next week. On the day of the drive they will receive a pass excusing them from the class of their choosing. Once signed up, students will report to the gym hallway to donate.

It’s important for donors to nourish, hydrate, and rest. They are urged to eat a healthy meal and drink at least 16 ounces of water

“If you are donating make sure to eat a good breakfast to maintain your strength throughout the course of the day,” shared Blood Drive Committee vice president Claudia Estevez.

It is also important to maintain a healthy iron level leading up to the day of the donation.  Eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, and spinach will help boost the iron count.

The entire donation process takes about 30 minutes to sign in, answer a questionnaire about health history, collect the blood, and sign out. The blood donation itself takes about eight to 10 minutes.

Each donor will donate approximately a pint of blood, and has the potential to save as many as three lives. After donating, it takes about 24 hours to replace plasma from the donation and up to six weeks for complete restoration of red cells.

Student athletes should wait about 12 hours before resuming strenuous exercise, so it is important to plan your schedule accordingly.

Estevez stresses the importance of bringing the signed parental consent form the day of the drive.

“If you under 18 you have to make sure and bring your signed parent consent form the day of the drive, without one you are not allowed to donate,” she said. “We don’t want to have to turn away any donors.”

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