Justin Ramon and Sienna Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday saw the second blood drive of the year at LRHS.

The blood drive went very well and were many students volunteered. Members of the blood drive committee were there helping students who had donated.

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Blood Drive Committee members Chris Georgas (l) and Claudia Estevez welcome donors

Senior Haley Taaffe said, “It’s good that there are people here helping out, because it’s for a good cause.” President of the blood drive committee, junior Claudia Estevez, said she was happy with the turnout.

To donate blood, participants must go through a health screening which checks blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and iron levels.

Afterwards, the blood goes to the lab and is tested for viruses or diseases, along with its blood type. The nurse at the blood drive, Anitrus Randall, said that if there are any serious conditions found in the test results, the original donor will be contacted.

Blood drive committee sponsor and LRHS music teacher Rebekah Lester believes that donating blood is important because it gives back to the community and people outside of it.

One of the main reasons people donate blood is to help others. Junior Jafet Ortiz said, “This was my first time volunteering and I felt good afterwards. I am happy that I could potentially save a life.”

For Mustangs interested in donating, the school’s next blood drive will take place in March.

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